i can't stand gay men

anonymous asked:

hello, do you know any good books about gay and lesbian history? i can't stand books were gay men and lesbian women are called queers or whatsoever... i'd like to inform myself where the words butch and femme came from and what the meaning of butch and femme in lesbian history is. :>

Oh sure! Here are a few that might be helpful as far as butch/femme history specifically:

-Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis 
-Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman
-The Persistent Desire: A Femme-butch Reader by Joan Nestle

And a few more just for fun:

-The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture by Bonnie J. Morris 
-Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement by Marcia M. Gallo 
-Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Berube (Lesbians and gay men in WWII)
-Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio (Rustin was the gay man who organized the March on Washington)
-Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History, 1840-1985 by Lesbian History Group 

And there is always the Lesbian Herstory Archives! They are located in Brooklyn, which obviously is not reachable for many of us, but they do respond to specific requests with references that you might look for. (They also accept interns, for anyone who is in that area.)

If you’re looking for anything more specific by time period or subject, please just let me know!

Don’t get me wrong, like what you like, but am i the only one who hates how some people portray Oswald Cobblepot on here as some ultra-sensitive, always blushing crybaby?