Femme Friday – Anne Bonny from The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

Ok, sweetie pies, were you just pining for a queer pirate story? I know you were! Well, Miriam has written one and you should rush out and get it! It’s a rip-snorter, narrated by Mary, a girl passing as a boy (read it to see why), who, whilst at sea, witnesses this thrilling scene:

            Eyes wild, the fantastic creature had two men down before Mary could scarcely register the sight of her. A girl. Unmistakably a girl, like her, but dressed in battered velvet and lace worn in a steady salt spray and the West Indian sun. Her curly red hair tangled atop her head in an outrageous mess. She sweated, beaming, as if she’d impressed herself by ascending the grappling line in skirts.

Deep gratitude to Miriam McNamara for her take on real-life pirate Anne Bonny as a fierce femme and for the rollicking ride of The Unbinding of Mary Reade.

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! If you’ve written a femme story or poem or song, oh, please let me post it! New Femme Friday feature starting 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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