A.K. Summers began working on Pregnant Butch in 2005, following the birth of her son, and, in 2012, serialised it on webcomics site Activate Comix. Now a book has been published – a graphic memoir, which chronicles a ‘neurotic bull-dagger’s’ unique perspective on pregnancy.
First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of über-femininity. Teek wonders,
“Can butches even get pregnant?”
Of course, as she and her pragmatic femme girlfriend Vee discover, they can – but what happens when they do?
Written and illustrated by Summers, Pregnant Butch strives to depict the increasingly common, but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy humour and complexity. Offering smart, ambitious art, this graphic memoir is a must-read for would-be pregnant butches and anyone interested in the intersection of birth and gender, as well as a perfect queer baby shower gift and a conversation starter for those who always assumed they “got” what it’s like to be pregnant.
See excerpts of the book below:
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