Femme Friday – Annah Anti-Palindrome

Funny thing – you go on the internet to research femmes, and things can get very slippery. You see someone somewhere who has written about femmes or being femme, and then you track them down and their website says nothing at all about being femme. It’s very odd! Not so with Anna Anti-Palindrome, whose work I first encountered in Everyday Feminism, where she pairs up with Rhea Ewing for a very thorough discussion of femme in “11 Common Assumptions About Being a Queer Femme – Debunked”.

When I went to Annah’s website, there it was: “Annah Anti-Palindrome is a Bay-Area based musician/Optical Sound-Smith, writer & working-class, Jew Witch hard-femme (italics mine) currently living in Oakland.”

Deep gratitude to Annah for being an out femme, for her heart-breaking, haunting art, and for making me laugh and think hard about my own palindromic name!


Every Friday, I showcase a queer femme goddess. I want to feature you! Write to me at thetotalfemme@gmail.com and let me shine a spotlight on your beautiful, unique, femme story! New Femme Friday feature for fall 2018: Books from which queer femmes can draw inspiration. What are your trusted sources of light and love? Please share!

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)


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  1. Yes, this is a real thing! So odd. Thanks for pointing it out! But as a personal opinion, the Everyday Feminism website is, when you drill down and really read it for awhile, a site that gives me the creeps……smacks of right wing cyber war stuff. Makes me think of the Russian bots during the election. It purports to be feminist, but it is so shaming. I’m a lifelong total feminist, and after reading it for an hour i felt kind of beaten down and queasy. (My wife had a similar reaction.) I had to read it for about an hour to get this sense of it, because the content looks totally feminist, and some of it is. Is it just me? What do you think?

  2. Ps… I’m not commenting on the particular article you cited, by the way. Just the website on the whole.

  3. Woah, thanks for this info! I really hadn’t read anything other than this article, so your and your butch’s in-depth reading and reflection are very helpful. I’ll take another look and we will discuss! Anyone else have thoughts?? xottf

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