Dear Gay Cataloging Mafia and other concerned parties:
The Lezbrian Yahoo! group is a talkin' about subject headings. Brenda J. Marston wonders why if "Bears (Gay culture)" has been adopted as a Library of Congress Subject Heading, why not "Butch," "Femme (Lesbian culture)," and "Butch and femme." Me, too!
I might argue for "Femme (Queer culture)" though, since the femmes whose zines I catalog use Queer almost exclusively over Lesbian. Brenda tells me that Cornell has a 653 for "Butch and femme (Sexual orientation)."
When asked by a list member what I recommend doing about establishing a subject heading, I advised that get a cataloger to make a SACO proposal and/or that they send emails to Barbara Tillett and the generic address.
That's what I did for Fanzines vs. Fan Magazines, and it didn't work at all, unfortunately. They responded to me this week that they still think that not only are Fanzines and Fan Magazines almost the same thing, but that Fan Magazine is the more appropriate term, and Fanzine merely a cross-reference. But I digress. I'm bitter. And angry. And they are wrong wrong wrong!
Now back to our scheduled rant...Brenda identified the following books as warrant to back up her suggestions (each linked to its LC record):
- Femme-Butch Reader
- Butch/femme : eine erotische Kultur
- Dagger : on butch women
- Stone butch blues
- The lesbian erotic dance : butch, femme, androgyny, and other rhythms
- Butch and femme on and off the Takarazuka stage : gender,sexuality, and social organization in Japan
- The butch manual : the current drag and how to do it
I can also dig up some zine warrants for butch and especially femme if anyone wants to hear them!