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Dykette: A Novel

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it’s quite literally, the perfect type of book i want from contemporary lesbian stories (maybe with a black lead instead but yknow, baby steps ig). Sasha is high femme, she's in her mid 20s, has exclusively dated butches, and enjoys performing "traditional gender roles" with her partners. And when mainstream hetero culture glorifies marriage and the nuclear family, most of us tend to grow up believing that our parents, followed by our romantic partners, should be responsible for our emotional well being, our safety, our financial security — everything. This deeply smart, original, and funny debut novel has permanently shifted my understanding of the relationship between honesty and performance . Not that polyamory is necessarily the better option; I’ve learned the hard way that there’s just as much that can go wrong in an open relationship as in a monogamous one.

Sasha doesn’t get what she wants, but through her, Davis gives us honest if sometimes jumbled insights into a queer domestic fantasy stuck in a version of the past that has never really existed. It’s time to be an adult, to be normal,” seethes Sasha, the titular “dykette” in Jenny Fran Davis’s queer zillennial comedy of manners. I really loved the explorations of kink and sex and consent, and especially liked how intimately social media and being "canceled" online appeared in two generations of queer people in different circumstances. It’s through Dykette’s Sasha, an insufferably needy high femme in her mid-20s (think Girls’ Hannah Horvath if she wore vintage pink nighties and was “straight for butches”) that Davis lays out her curiosity with queer domesticity. Those depictions, which are sort of a mix of fiction and nonfiction, really inspired me; I’m rediscovering books from the 1970s like Ruby Fruit Jungle, and authors from the ’80s and ’90s like Michelle Tea, and even more contemporary ones, like Sarah Thankam Mathews’s book All This Could Be Different.A bold and refreshingly zany novel of gay millennial life in New York, Dykette is sharp and unsparing as a play piercing needle. Sasha and Jesse, alongside another couple, were recently invited vacation at an "elder" lesbian couple's home. Straight people are going to be downright confused by a lot of this book and queer people are probably going to fight about it. Jesse goes by he/him and she/her, and Sasha refers to her both as her "boyfriend" and her "girlfriend".

Jesse would think bristly nipples were hot, so she snapped a half-hearted picture, but the image on the screen horrified her, and she deleted it quickly. i really hope we get to see more lesbian lit that openly embraces butch femme culture, not in just historical fiction where there’s the whole “oh forbidden! We sense danger ahead in the form of rage, want, and need, bubbling up through the constant display of startling aggression. Davis’s Dykette reads like a taxonomy of queer theory, references, and history, while offering up wholly new words and takes on contemporary lesbian life.and then there’s the more broad or political use of the term, which has been something I’ve been interested in for a while, and have been learning more about in the past few years. When her face looked hot, her tits came out lumpy, and when her body looked acceptably supple, the filter distorted her facial features into a mess of plush green fur and digitized eyelashes. Vanity Fair spoke with Davis about trends in queer fiction, femme studies, and the “spiritual center” of her novel. Both the boi and the dykette have a deep fear of abandonment and can strike out viciously when threatened. Dykette stared directly into my soul, pinned me against a wall, and made me look inward, consider the sharp and ugly parts of myself.

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