Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds

by Judy Grahn | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0807079111 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 6/12/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, June 12, 2014
Ordered from BWB as a belated birthday gift. Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, June 20, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (6/13/2014 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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BWB notified me that this book has shipped. Happy Birthday and I hope you like it!

Journal Entry 3 by Lamilla at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Received today! Thank you very much for this wishlist book

ETA: reserved as a Tasteletter, Lamilla №1

Journal Entry 4 by Lamilla at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Friday, May 08, 2015
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Journal Entry 5 by Lamilla at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Sent today from the local post office as unregistered surface mail.
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Journal Entry 6 by LolaRobin at Vammala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thank you, I bet I will enjoy this. Seems very interesting.

Journal Entry 7 by LolaRobin at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Monday, June 22, 2020
It took my a approximately a year to read this book. I started it during the Pride Month of last year and finished it just an hour ago. I wouldn't blame it on the book necessary, I enjoyed it. Sometimes reading itself, although enjoyable, is exhausting. This is not a heavy read per se, but it is a light research. And while I do enjoy reading good research, it is something I do nowadays daily as an university student. But enough about that, more about the book itself.

"Another Mother Tongue" is informative yet beautiful. That is not to say it doesn't have its flaws. It is extremely dated and some terms Grahn has used wouldn't fly in the LGBTQ+ community nowadays. She also misgenders trans-men and belittles their masculinity, calling them "butch lesbian warriors", even though the persons themselves would call themselves men. This, among many other examples, is why this book has to be read not only as a book about history, but as a book from history as well. "Another Mother Tongue" is very much a picture of its time, and must be treated as such.

Like said before, it is still informative. The language and slang behind LGBTQ+ history is interesting and the efforts Grahn took in her research are respectable. The bits and parts where she refers to her own experiences as a lesbian woman do fit the narrative and seem natural enough in the context of the book.

And the letters to Von.. Oh, I cried more than I care to admit. As a struggling teacher student who is also part of the LGBTQ+ community, I have nothing but respect towards this lady. I'm glad times change and sad they weren't this way right from the beginning.

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