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Feminine ending/masculine ending

20 mins | Mar 17, 2022

On unsatisfied hunger and M.F.K. Fisher's The Gastronomical Me. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food writer who believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored this in her writing. She was known for being 'the poet of the appetites', but her surreptitious writing style has also revealed many intriguing details about her life for the modern reader. Daniel M. Lavery reflects on her secrets of sex, gender, and transgender issues in her work. 
 'What might particularly strike the modern reader, who may have little sense of how people negotiated transition almost a hundred years ago in either Mexico or the United States, is the fact that both Juanito and the unnamed pressman return to their former male circumstances after a brief negotiation. The pressman strikes a Persephonic bargain whereby his job and gender role remain intact throughout the week so long as he attends church in women's clothes on the weekend; Juanito returns to his band after a prolonged bender.'

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From Lapham's Quarterly

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