Rise Of The Femme
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n.) A gender identity in which someone (female, male or other) has an awareness of cultural standards of femininity and actively embodies a feminine appearance, role, or archetype. It is usually–but not always–associated with a gay or queer sexual identity/sexuality. It is usually more accentuated and intentional than a straight female gender identity or gender presentation and often challenges standards of femininity through exaggeration, parody or transgression of gender norms. 

n.) A person (male, female or other) who identifies and/or presents a femme gender identity. 

v.) To actively embody a femme identity or gender presentation. 

adj.) intentionally, cleverly feminine. Feminine in a non-traditional way–or referring to something/one male (or non-female) that/whom is related to or embodies a conscious femininity.


check it out

Femmescapes is a zine collecting visual and written work by queer and trans people who experience an affinity with femmeness.

happening now

Rise of the Femme in process on view at the Texile Arts Center in March 2017.

must read

Gabrielle Civil's book, Swallow the Fish, ships 2/22/17. Pre-order your copy here.

coming up

Purchase College, SUNY, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery

We are all leaders, we expect a savior, we expect someone to come lead us to the promise land, but if you look at the most successful social movements, in our society, in the last century - woman suffrage, labor movements - yes, we had outstanding people like Martin Luther King, Jr. - but we had large webs of people who felt empowered, and they felt that they needed to act, and that is what is beginning to happen.
— Robert Reich

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Visit Sarah Hewitt at the Textile Arts Center in March, 2017


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