chapter  9
13 Pages

Chestfeeding as gender fluid practice

ByMichelle Walks

Based on ethnographic research conducted in British Columbia, Canada, this chapter focuses on butch lesbian and genderqueer experiences of breastfeeding. Engaging with theories of “performativity” and “the queer art of failure,” it challenges the cultural assumptions linking femininity with breastfeeding and exemplifies how butch and genderqueer individuals negotiate their masculine gender with the act of chestfeeding.