My Butch Career (with Esther Newton)

OCT 04, 2019 | 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

Details

WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

C200: Proshansky Auditorium

WHEN:

October 04, 2019: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

SPONSOR:

Center for the Study of Women and Society

Description

During her difficult childhood, Esther Newton recalls that she “became an anti-girl, a girl refusenik, caught between genders,” and that her “child body was a strong and capable instrument stuffed into the word ‘girl.’” Later, in early adulthood, as she was on her way to becoming a trailblazing figure in gay and lesbian studies, she “had
already chosen higher education over the strongest passion in my life, my love for women, because the two seemed incompatible.” In My Butch Career Newton tells the compelling, disarming, and at times sexy story of her struggle to write, teach, and find love, all while coming to terms with her identity during a particularly intense time of homophobic persecution in the twentieth century.

Co-sponsored with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS); the Center for Human Environments, and the PhD Program in Anthropology.