Pregnant Butch

Pregnant Butch

Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

Book - 2014
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The author explores, in graphic novel memoir format, her adventures of being a butch/dyke and becoming pregnant, while dealing with the stereotypes and judgment of those around her.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint, 2014
ISBN: 9781593765408
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Summers
Characteristics: v, 118 pages : chiefly illustrated ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Pregnant butch


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May 23, 2017

I heartily recommend this book if you have ever been curious about the world and its many diverse perspectives.

The artwork ranges from comic-strip style to a more detailed style more typical of graphic novels. I never thought it was 'crude' -- even the comic-strip style succeeded in telling a visual story in addition to the written one.

The story, however, is where this book really shines. Teek is an atypical butch lesbian that wants to be pregnant (yes, actually WANTS). This results in many almost surreal encounters throughout the book -- from people wondering aloud why Teek's femme partner isn't the pregnant one, to Teek being mistaken for a regular ole fat guy (which she doesn't seem to mind). This comes coupled with the everyday pregnancy woes -- insurance carriers that don't cover midwifes, dealing with endless nausea, outsiders that try to be helpful and make things worse with new age spiritualism, and having to put aside important pieces of yourself because you just can't be eight months pregnant and still work a power drill.

In the end, its a story about one pregnant woman. Is she sometimes fed-up or angry about how things go? Hard to imagine not being angry after arguing with the insurance for weeks on end, or after the hundred-and-first time you have to explain that yes, you really ARE the pregnant one. But its not an angry book. There is never any indication that Teek wishes she hadn't become pregnant or that she wants the patriarchy to burn. She vents, time moves forward, and, luckily, pregnancy isn't forever.

This story is just a snapshot, but its a powerful one, bursting with uncomfortable truths that aren't usually touched on by media. But its also hopeful and inspiring. Teek and her partner are real flawed humans, surrounded by other real flawed humans, but their reward for getting through it all? +1 family member

May 05, 2017

Crude drawings, really angry tone, not funny, over narrated, unpleasant.

May 30, 2015

When self-proclaimed butch dyke Teek and her partner Vee decide it's baby-having time, they have NO idea what they're in for. The usual pregnant-woman physical complaints, plus a whole different level of identity issues for Teek. I laughed at the comment in the Acknowledgements that "straight women want to read something other than dreck about pregnancy too." While I'm not straight, I completely agree that even gals who have babies in the most traditional way don't necessarily want sunshine and sparkles pregnancy tales! And this book is not sunshine or sparkles. It's honest, raw, real, thoughtful, incredibly funny, and has a happy ending.


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