He reader I m reading it again because I can t remember the most beautiful phrasings that I want to remember Read this book Especially if you re ueer specially if you re a person of colour The Fiend Next Door especially if you re bla Deep painful love storybut worthvery word I was prepared to love this novel but I have some issues with its depiction of the butch lesbian character1 there is nothing terrible or discriminatory about wanting dyke to be a lesbian xclusive term I personally do not mind it when bi women who are not in relationships with men call themselves dykes but there is nothing biphobic re lesbians having different feelings re the reclamation of this slur2 butch women do have a harder time than femme women i m not butch or femme but this is an obvious fact it is not simply veryone has it hard but in different ways butch women have it harder the பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் end and when people suggest that butch women don txperience sexual harassment from men you re wrong and you should feel bad3 that the butch woman sexually assaults and chokes her girlfriend and that is parsed as being a result of her biphobia and femmephobia and maybe also as the result of having The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 experienced csa why are you writing this narrative i don t get why you would put all of this on your butch lesbian character and how the femme character keeps on saying that in assaulting her the butch lesbian was behaving as a man this whole scenario of a butch woman having toxic masculinity what s this isvery woman who sexually assaults someone A Meditation on Murder else accused of having toxic masculinity or is this just a weird way of saying that you hate butch lesbians because they are masc of center or whatever creepy garbage how butch women are depicted as being monstrous as being maleven by other lesbians and bi women it s so depressing and disturbing and it needs to stop4 another butch lesbian does talk about how abuse is not acceptable for butch women but it s interesting how this butch lesbian is introduced as talking about how she is still allowed to be a butch and wear lipstick a kind of shoutout that some butches are okay the butches who aren t that butch5 i wanted to love this novel but it just made me think about how discourse today like discourse forever hates butches and lesbians but now in a Progressive way and that saddened me. Hip of her friends to define herself on her own terms For Sizakele addresses transcontinental identity intimate partner violence ueer gender and how we love as illuminators of who we are.
Lisa Moore has done it again published a wonderful book that xpands our sense of what is possible in the world For Sizakele is a wonderful love story about young African American women with healthy doses of politics slice of life in contemporary New York City and a bit of poetry too Pick up this book today The prose in For Sizakele is luscious yet asy to follow and I read the Travis entire book in one day because the characters captivated me so much This is a book that glows with not only the author s culture but also ueer identity and love of AfricanAfrican diaspora womenThe MC Taylor is a Nigerian American student passionately devoted to her activism She recites stirring poetry about identity at localvents and brings social justice speakers to her community to inspire others She knows who she is and is confident in her worth as a person but sometimes her activism takes up 25 hours of her day Meanwhile her girlfriend Lee is dealing with family abuse and betrayal which left her in so much pain that it spills out over her dges to hurt the one she lovesInto that volatile situation comes Sy She s African like Taylor and they bond instantly over shared diasporic sorrow over shared food cravings and over shared celebration of African women s beauty They speak to ach other not only in English but also French and in Pidgin skipping merrily from language to language holding hands clasped tight with understanding Their interaction is a wonderful rich picture of friendship floating into love ven as they deny that s what s happeningI was surprised that Taylor was bisexual and one of her sources of conflict with Lee was Lee s insecurity about it Readers who have dealt with biphobia in their own lives may find Taylor s stirring defense and rebuttal validating When Lee wasn t spouting vitriol she also spoke some very real truths that masculine presenting women often aren t allowed to go about their lives without their hairstyle clothing tc being read as some kind of deliberate statement The way women like Lee dress and act has nothing to do with men yet so many men see it as a blow to their specific The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? egoThe resolution was satisfying and a happynding but it s not always necessarily obvious which relationship will win the way it is with some love triangles so I m not going to Taylor a ueer Nigerian college student is in a passionate relationship with Lee a black American basketball playing pianist When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sy a Cameroonian ph.
Ell you I think that shows deftness on the part of the author The happy nding also has some ragged dges but that just made it realistic and believable for me TW for partner abuse within a ff relationship and for Lee s past trauma For Sizakele by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is a vibrant novel that gives voice to a community not often seen in literature young African lesbians The main characters deal with sexual abuse partner violence and finding the courage to love someone fiercely The writing is captivating the characters vividly drawn and the message of owning the hurts and highs that come from opening yourself up to love is profoundThe novel opens with a spoken word performance Taylor a Nigerian college student is performing to a rapt audience that includes her lover Lee The two are students at an unnamed New York college Lee is a basketball player reluctant to deal with the sexual trauma in her past Taylor is an activist who often puts her causes before her relationship and The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online education It is because of her activism she meets Sy a Cameroonian photographer When an act of partner violence causes Taylor to seek refuge in the arms of Sy friendship morphs into romantic feelings The novel deals with Taylor Sy and Leevolving past their hurts which range from molestation to family rejection The appearance of a woman from Sy s past and Taylor s current circle causes tension between the two However the Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet ending of the novel is ripe with promise of better days forveryoneEtaghene 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) explains that the death of South African lesbian activists inspired her book title as part of her outroduction She wrote that she wanted to write a warm fuzzy tender loving story about the joys and pains of Black women lovingach other For Sizakele honors the memory of those slain lovers by crafting a touching story of love between two African lesbians open to xploring life with ach other I read this book in two sittings Easily could have in one but I TRIED to savour it It s a book that finds in one sentence a way to pull out a deeper part of you And it does it with a sharp but lush style How can language be so textured and beautiful while also feeling so comfortable in your mind s voice This is a work of true genius This kind of writing is painstakingly crafted but flows Your Everyday Art World easy like water for Otographer whose similarities make them instant family Taylor battles Lee’s jealousy As Taylorncounters challenges to her femme and African identities she finds ways through the kins.
Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist poet dancer educator actress and mixed media visual artist She engages a radical vulnerability and candor in her artwork and uses storytelling to build authentic human connection through passionate artistic expression Etaghene has produced four solo art exhibitions and performed internationally She is the f