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Gender Troubles: The Butches moves past stereotypes and misconceptions about butch lesbians to let real women speak for themselves. The women in this 54 minute documentary thoughtfully examine and challenge society’s assumptions about what it means to be male or female. Their struggles reveal how everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, is pressured to conform and measure up to useless and constricting gender standards.
The film examines the universal struggle for acceptance and belonging as it clashes with the desire to be true to one's self. No matter what messages are received from others in society, ultimately the opinion that matters most is really one's own. These women are examples of the challenges and victories that come with leaning to accept ourselves as we are.
The film has won audience awards for its touching, connection WHAT from Paducah Kentucky to Paris France and Perth Austrailia?
The film includes closed captions in English for the hearing impaired. It is also available with subtitles in Spanish, French, or German. With the purchase of the DVD a copy of the film is available for download so it can be streamed from a server. A full transcript of the film for easy reference and a study guide are also available for instructors.
Purchase of the academic DVD includes the right to unlimited free public screenings at one facility.
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courage, candid humor, deeply personal documentary reveals, essential viewing for LGBTQIA audiences, queer and gender studies classes, sensitive and compelling, excellent tool in classrooms and college campuses, compelling portrait, eye opening, much needed contribution, a must-see for Women's studies classrooms, rich and honest, we all need to hear, film successfully captures, moving story, sensitive and sophisticated representation, compelling discussions/perspective... fascinating...lived experiences.
“Gender Troubles: The Butches” is an engaging, informative, and thought-provoking documentary about the lives and gendered subjectivities of five butch lesbian women. Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as in other humanities and social science fields, may find certain elements of the discussion particularly relevant for undergraduates today. This includes historical and contemporary meanings of the terms “butch” and “bulldagger”; interpersonal interactions between and among butches; gender policing and harassment in public spaces such as bathrooms and work environments; shaming from other LGBT people; empowerment, self-possession, and personal style.
The narrators’ comments about gender identity are especially rich and layered. While narrators speak with complete respect for transgender men, they point out that they identify as women and that they sometimes experience well-meaning inquiries about their pronouns and intent to transition as invalidating. Because they are often misread as trans and because their female masculinity transgresses dominant norms, however, they share a wide range of experience in common with gender nonbinary and trans people. With a range of perspectives, embodiments, and race and class backgrounds, the five narrators create a complex and yet highly accessible conversation about butch womanhood and queer female masculinity that promises to deepen and enliven students’ encounters with the gendered worlds we live in today.
Amanda Littauer, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University,
Department of History/Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Screened at film festivals from Australia to Uganda and touched audiences and won audience awards from Paducah, Kentucky to Paris France.
Below is a list of some of the cities where it screened:
Mexico City, Mexico
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A Catholic Schoolgirl Gone Bad Production