POP FEMINIST PERBLOG: to maybe make it better, All the books I have given 2 stars on Goodreads, which is the lowest I have rated any book…
Out of curiosity, why did you dislike Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys? (Not like I blame you, though. It was my least favorite of the series, to be honest.)
it sucked, it was really racist (even among FLB books which are wholly pretty racist), it was really really racist, kind of boring, and it didn’t even make me cry like Missing Angel Juan could
yeah the more I think of it I think it’s one of the dumbest books I’ve ever read all of
That’s a fair assessment of the books, especially the fact that it was boring. I adored Missing Angel Juan, no questions asked. Aside from the fact that her name is Cherokee, what about this book was racist?
I mean, I’m gonna end this as quickly as possible, but that’s a pretty cavalier “aside from” you got right there. I’m just gonna link to Debbie Reese’s pieces on FLB’s books.
First, for background, on Weetzie Bat and the origins of Cherokee Bat:
When the baby is born, Weetzie, Dirt, and Duck decide to name the baby “Cherokee.” There’s no explanation for why they choose Cherokee. All we know is that they considered these names: Sweet, Fifi, Duckling, Hamachi, Teddi, and Lambie.
At the end of the chapter, My Secret Agent Lover Man comes back. He gazes at Cherokee and asks who her father is. Weetzie says that she’s got high cheekbones like Dirk, and blonde hair like Duck, but that her eyes and lips are like his.
Ah, yes. high cheekbones like Dirk. Remember—he’s the guy with the Mohawk.
The last line in the chapter is:
Cherokee looked like a three-dad baby, like a peach, like a tiny moccasin, like a girl love-warrior who would grow up to wear feathers and run swift and silent through the L.A. canyons.
(Weetzie Bat, for the handful of my readers who haven’t read it, is the first in the Dangerous Angels sequence, Cherokee Bat being the third.)
(Quick sidebar nods to the ~~unanimous championing of this “queer text” and its liberatory history)
Here is Reese’s look at Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys. I think everyone who reads FLB needs to look at those things, but I am really honestly pretty suspect of anyone who has read Cherokee Bat and has questions about “how” it’s racist, and I suspect anyone that needs convincing about it isn’t going to be convinced.