I started this website as a way to talk about my relationship to what I call the “femme artifice” and queer identify. I am many things, but queer, femme, fat, poor, academic, are only fractions of the whole. As such, my writing here has expanded to include discussions of class, language, desire and violence. Not all of these concerns can be neatly tied back to an examination of gender.

A new connection emerges between these topics, one that remains as a focus upon identity, if not always a discussion of outward gender presentation. I imagine Femmedagger to be a locus of discourse for not only the idea of queer, femme identities, but also for the more expansive questions: what makes our sense of self? How can knowledge of ourselves increase our understandings of others? If we can understand our connections to the delicate topics of life, can we then approach others with more sensitivity and compassion? Underlying all of these questions and explorations is an agenda. Quite simply, I want stronger connections to community. My relationship to those around me and their relationships with others, and so on and so forth, are the driving force to my inquiries. Community is the banner under which I continue to dig into my deeply personal stories and attempt to make of them a meaning that will persist beyond my own life. I share of these things in the name of connection.

Now, all of this is expansive. It includes a range of identities that moves beyond those of solely queers, solely femmes, and solely the poor, and I have done this quite intentionally. Namely, as I talked to readers of this site, I began to truly see beyond my sometimes myopic view and realize that these are human concerns, not just queer concerns. That said, I am fiercely loyal and protective of the idea that the voices of queers are largely underrepresented. We have our icons; we have our performers, our writers, our theorists, our professors, but we deserve even more. All of this is to say, although I challenge myself to open up the discussions beyond queer-only interests, I remain a queer writer. This is a distinction I wear with pride, because this is one of the communities through which I am most accurately and wholly seen for who I am.

Finally, I welcome you to share your personal stories, feedback, thoughts, questions, clarifying remarks etc in the comments section of each post. My goal is for us to articulate to one another how it is we can make connections or disconnections between the stories of others and ourselves. I believe this to be one of the largest tenets towards community building. I cannot do this alone. I like to imagine this website is that person standing amidst crowds of other people, and sometimes she speaks and sometimes she listens, but always, she is alone without you.

Photo by Erica Rae Brown, http://ericaraebrown.tumblr.com/

Published on March 12, 2011 at 12:59 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Thank you for the post: Undgendering Violence. It is evocative for me, yet, I am uncertain in this moment what it is that I would remark upon. Right now, I am simply feeling it in my body, less so than in my head.

  2. You are beautiful. You are smart. I want to learn from you.

    Thank you for all these meaty words. I’ll be chewing and digesting for days. I’m so glad you’re doing this. Your light is brilliant.

    Hope Hitchcock

  3. Renee. you are a diamond in the rough. i’ve a hundred and one things to talk with you about. ps did you ever hear from your friend dorothy?

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