Femme Friday – Inspirational Books: the bull-jean stories by sharon bridgforth

Oh my goodness. For the Solstice, let’s travel into bull-jean’s world with sharon bridgforth’s performance stories. In the introduction to the book, she says, “with the bull-jean stories I wanted to celebrate the rural/southern working-class Black bulldaggas/who were aunty-momma-sister-friend/pillars of the church                        always been a working part of our community/giving fierce Love with fineness.” This book is prayer and song and queer sustenance, fierce and fine. Below is just a sweet snippet. I hope you buy the book and treasure it as I have.

Deep gratitude to sharon bridgforth for bull-jean and all her people, for loving that queer history and heritage onto the page and into our lives.



slipn in

ever day


 deacon willie/clara’s man

 go git him

 supplies           umph

 everbody know

 nappy love

 be the one filling him sack.


 every day


 deacon willie/clara’s man

 slip out                        bull-jean

 slip in

            clara git her supplies too

the bull-jean stories by sharon bridgforth, RedBone Press, Austin, TX, 1998

 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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