“Descendants of Hagar is unique because of its creative process. I surveyed a variety of masculine women about their experiences and thoughts on gender expression and gender roles. Then I used that research as the foundation for Linny, my main character. I didn’t want Linny to be a combination of all my assumptions about masculine women. I don’t know of any other book where such a process was used. It’s an important novel that should be read because it explores all the complexities and contradictions of being a masculine-centered woman.
I interviewed more than sixty women who I presumed were lesbians because I’d posted requests for
interviews on lesbian sites, but surprisingly the majority were bisexual. This was a constant reminder that gender expression does not denote sexuality.
Additionally, the abundance of bisexual respondents highlighted the anti-bisexual bias in the lesbian
community and the need for open communication. One follow-up question I’d constantly ask bisexual,
masculine women was, “How did the lesbians you were dating receive this information?” Almost all of them said they were never asked because of their gender presentation. Furthermore, they didn’t volunteer this information because they are afraid of discrimination, or that it would undermine their gender role. A few of them even said they actually asked the women they were dating if they dated men, because though they themselves dated men, they were not interested in dating other bisexual women. Even in these instances, the feminine women they were dating never took that as an opportunity to pose the question back, if the masculine woman was dating men.
Of the lesbian-identified, masculine women, who were in the minority of those surveyed, some discussed dating men before coming out. They were competitive with males and jealous of the support males were given, while they were discouraged regarding certain interests and behaviors. Some women said they had straight relationships because they confused admiration with attraction. Noting, they believed the men they dated also confused admiration with affection. These men often commented on them being stronger, lower maintenance (more in touch with themselves, naturally beautiful) or just more relatable than other women. Ultimately, setting the stage for their first romantic relationship.
These are some of the life experiences that were considered when writing “Descendants of Hagar.” It
gives another perspective to the evolution of becoming a masculine woman.”
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