Learn more More Like This. The Series TV Series Southern Baptist Sissies Edit Cast Credited cast: Latrelle Williamson Leslie Jordan Abernatha Coleman Dale Dickey Sissy Hickey Caroline Rhea Noleta Nethercott Aleks Paunovic Hardy Blake McIver Ewing Greta Waring Carole Cook Marty Wells Michael MacRae Billy Joe Dobson Lorna Scott Vera Lisso Kirk Geiger Ty Williamson Krystal Summers Edit Storyline Tired of the religious zealotry and anti-gay bigotry in their Texas town, sisters Latrell, LaVonda, and Aunt Sissy decide to protest an "Anti-Equality Rally" which aims to forbid any same sex weddings in their county.
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Edit Did You Know? Trivia Parts of the movie, set in rural Texas, were filmed in Canada. Goofs The Doritos in the convenience store when Vera is talking to the employee about them. Add the first question. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. Audible Download Audio Books. This'un don't seem near 'bout flaky enough. I'm faultin' the Crisco.
I think they're makin' it different. Ever'thing else is changin' in this world, don't know why Crisco should be no different. Aug 04, Terry rated it it was amazing. Being a Minnesota Sissy, I found this a painful read at times. But still, I read this pretty quickly, finding it very hard to put down. Truly some unforgettable characters. Jan 07, Bob rated it it was amazing. GREAT memoir about a little boy growing up hopelessly gay in rural Mississippi and where his "adventures" eventually lead him.
This one I will read again from time to time, though have to buy a new one. Loaned it out, and it never came back. Hopefully it is still making the circuit I started by loaning it in the first place! May 15, Mississippi Library Commission rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mississippi Sissy is one of those books that changes you. We dove right in, and were instantly enveloped in this fascinating, heart-breaking, humorous, Southern life story. Afterwards, it felt as if the world weren't quite the same place that it was before we began, and that's a really good thing.
This is the most heartbreaking, affecting book I've read since Pat Conroy's autobiography. Forest, Sessums' Mississippi home, is 30 miles from Carthage, my husband's childhood home where we still spend a lot of time, so I understand the culture. I'm just glad I missed the old, segregated days.
I don't think I could have stood to be around all that hatred and prejudice. Sessums was obviously homosexual even from a very early age. His parents died within a year of each other when he was a small This is the most heartbreaking, affecting book I've read since Pat Conroy's autobiography. His parents died within a year of each other when he was a small child, and his maternal grandparents raised him and his brother and sister.
He had so many strikes against him--orphaned, gay, liberal--but so much in his favor too: The book ends when he moves to New York City at age He went on to become a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Allure magazines and editor of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. One word of warning: Sessums is brutally honest and describes his early sexual experiences in some detail. Sep 17, Nicole rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book, in the words of my roommate, is NOT for sissies.
It's raw and honest and heartbreaking. Not an easy read, emotionally speaking, but totally worthwhile. Sessums' writing is deliberate and well crafted, weaving multiple stories and decades together. Many of his chapters and the book as a whole, really spiral seamlessly back on themselves. Sessums is especially eloquent when it comes to describing his deep-south relatives.
There was more than a This book, in the words of my roommate, is NOT for sissies. There was more than a little name dropping and the story was slightly less enthralling once he grew up and started sleeping around, but I enjoyed it from the first gory paragraph to the last poetic line. I'm not sure about that, but it seems like an excellent jumping off point to start negotiations. May 22, Dalen rated it liked it. An engaging narrative using interjected anecdotes to convey a life story as though through a series of long conversations, yet maintaining the strong narrative arc of a novel.
Sessums weaves together his story with continuity of thematic elements from childhood through young-adulthood, capturing the religious and political climate of the Southern U. Empowering the word "sissy," this is a thoughtful portrayal of a specif An engaging narrative using interjected anecdotes to convey a life story as though through a series of long conversations, yet maintaining the strong narrative arc of a novel.
Empowering the word "sissy," this is a thoughtful portrayal of a specific time and place exploring life as an 'other' and the way in which identity is crafted and roots are understood or at least acknowledged.switch.ravtech.co.il/stochastic-analysis.php
Nice, solid summer read I was expecting something much lighter than what it ended up being, however Being from the South, I could relate to many of the stories he shares Loved hearing about his growing up near Eudora Welty Apr 10, Leslie rated it really liked it. This is one rowdy memoir. A little feller growing up gay in Mississippi. I near 'bout died laughing at the scene where he goes slam crazy at the Halloween fair. Toward the end he has true tales to tell of carryings on with Eudora Welty and other literary types. I really enjoyed it. Sep 24, Alvin rated it it was ok. Sessums describes his childhood with relentless honesty and keen insight — a treat for those who like me find the American South somewhat mysterious.
Unfortunately, the book is overlong. Minor events that could've been described in a couple of pithy pages are dragged out into chapter-long episodes of workmanlike prose, diminishing their impact considerably.
Jan 25, Joey Stocks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kevin Sessums is the writer Augusten Bourroughs wishes he were. Interesting memoir about growing up gay in the south in the '60s. It brought back memories of what life was like during that time, and I felt grateful for what has changed and sad about what hasn't that should. Beautiful writing, but I still found myself skimming passages at times. Jul 30, Sheri added it. I am a fan of memoirs, and found this book on a list of memoirs. It is about an effeminate young boy growing up in the deep South whose father is a coach and family is quite religious.
I didn't quite realize this book was about coming to terms with being homosexual before I began reading it. That would have bee I am a fan of memoirs, and found this book on a list of memoirs. That would have been fine with me, but towards the end, as he became physically involved with men, it became too explicit for my tastes and I could only describe those portions of the book as smut. Because of that, I would not recommend it to friends or family. The very last 10 pages or so redeems the story by putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Apr 28, Tim rated it it was ok. This one looks like it's one of those crazy memoirs like Augustin Burroughs. But actually it's a really dark, disturbing memoir. I didn't enjoy it much at all. He had a pretty bleak childhood. But he's a fantastic writer so there were passages that were transcendent. His writing kept me going. My favorite sentence in the book: The kind with brutal beatings, and cotton picking, and forbidden best friends.
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The kind mired in a thick haze of ugly. His description of his extended family's glee the night RFK is shot is particularly chilling. An interesting memoir about growing up in Mississippi during the 60's and 70's as a "sissy". Frankly, I found the tidbits about Eudory Welty and the juxtaposition of Sessions personal story with the civil rights events transpiring in the deep south during that time more interesting than the gay coming of age story, which is of course the premise for the memoir.
While I hate to sound like a prude, I also found the book occassionally a bit graphic for my taste. I asked myself if it was because the An interesting memoir about growing up in Mississippi during the 60's and 70's as a "sissy". I asked myself if it was because the sex was gay instead of straight but adults sexually abusing kids is very distateful whether gay or straight.
Maybe I'm being too picky but there are 10 ways to tell a story and sometimes being less graphic requires more skill. I am being too picky; it was a well written and very ineresting memoir. Oct 27, Judy rated it liked it. Hard to choose the star rating.
The book was written well. The author had a strange life as a child in Mississippi -- he definitely was a sissy. I had to skip chunks of it in the last third or fourth -- the vivid descriptions of pedophilia and homosexual acts were too much. The descriptions did not, for me, add to his memoir -- I believe I could learn just as much about him without the details.
So, I liked what I read but not enough to recommend it to anyone else without the "warning" about "a l Hard to choose the star rating. So, I liked what I read but not enough to recommend it to anyone else without the "warning" about "a little too much. May 19, Jean Brown rated it liked it. Very few books shock me but this one did I guess because there was one incident I just did not see coming and it was so unexpected I was left reeling. Feb 11, Melanie rated it did not like it.
It's one thing to have had life experiences, and it's quite another to write about them so a reader wants to go along and share them or, at least, consider them. This memoir about growing up, orphaned and gay, in the South, sounded terrific, especially on NPR and in reviews. Hard to imagine making so little out of so much material. Oct 22, Kevin Orth rated it it was amazing. More poetry than prose. Deep, profound and real. I love the fact that he does not change any names and pulls no punches about himself and the people in his life.
I deeply admire his candor about being true to himself when the last thing his community wanted was for him to be so. Apr 20, Raffy Rillo rated it it was amazing. We are defined in what we do, not in what we are. I loved the book.
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
It's a pageturner of a memoir. His childhood resembles close to mine but mine is yet to come. Jan 20, Andrew Heffner rated it liked it. I liked this book. The story moved at a nice pace. Not unlike a lot of gays. Jun 22, Charlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite great fear, lesbians and gay men experienced a continuous, dynamic, and growing political consciousness during the fifties.
Women were still obligated to the status of housewife and men were the main breadwinners in the family. When Medgar Evers died. The Ku Klux Klan murdered them because they were investigating the arson of an African American church. In USA, segregation and racism was still part of life and although there were some major changes to erase both like in , when the U.
Supreme Court ruled segregation in public schools were unconstitutional, there were still problems forcing blacks to take drastic measures for equality and inclusion like in , when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus. Religion was a major part of the Civil Rights Movement for blacks and for whites.
Both proponents and opponents of the Civil Rights Movement understood their stances in religious terms, and both saw themselves as upholding a divinely ordained social order. In many respects, black and white churches as institutions failed to provide moral leadership in the midst of 20th-century America's greatest moral struggle. In the early s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation. One of the first major events in the sixties was the attack on the Freedom Riders, a group of black and white citizens who rode busses across the south in order to test laws enforcing segregation in public facilities.
As they rode across the south, they were met by angry mobs and police brutality, which would beat them severely, sometimes to death. God made us colored folk in His own image too, you know. So if we a nigger, God a nigger, too. You think about that. In the rest of the world, the unhealthy competitions between provisional and coalition governments hit family life with inflation and unrest.
Subsequent humiliation of the defeated states did symbolize the end of colonialism, but also led to racial segregation.
He was put in jail several times, but managed to write a book and continue his preaching. On April 4, , he fell to an assassin's bullet. Call me by my right name —— Matty May. We know we're 'other' before we know we're gay. Before we put our definition on our sexuality, we feel like the other. Homosexual, in time became, gay; and in at the Stonewall Bar, and the Stonewall Riots Gay Rights became a national movement that continues to this very day. What kind of creature was this that had settled in their midst?
Born in Forest, Mississippi Sessums wrote a bold, "heightened" memoir of his early life growing up in the small town of Forest, Mississippi. The audio recording of Mississippi Sissy was nominated for a Quill Award. Shame is what so many of us carry as a silent burden when we are closeted. It's the very reason for the existence of the closet.
It's a common refrain from our opponents when we appear in public in, say, Pride marches: The very existence of gay Pride was once described to me as "a natural reaction to undeserved shame". Shame is intimately bound up with social activity, the social mechanism of shame as the "supposition of another's regard for self, of taking the view of another".
It is a means of social control, more subtle and more effective than brute force or even peer pressure: The person, through their own feeling of shame, punishes themself more effectively than through any further external means that could be applied. But Sessums throughout the book would never have any of it. He would never embrace the shame so many tried to thrust upon him.
This was for myself. This was who I was. The struggle against undeserved shame is the struggle to believe that the judgments of others are wrong. Even after you may have spent a very long time believing that they were right. Our society has long treated being gay as a shameful thing on the basis that being gay was seen as something that could be prevented or altered: The emotional coercion of shame was preferred over attempts at rational persuasion perhaps because of the view that being gay was seen as a "depravity", "mental illness", and many other labels —— all signifying the belief that gays must have taken leave of their senses and could not be reasoned with.
Let them whisper as I walked through them all. I suspect that one of the understandable but unfortunate results of individuals' efforts to throw off this shame is overcompensation and oversensitivity. Having struggled so hard and for so long ——often from the very start of adolescence, against external attempts to, through the pressure to feel shame, over-ride feelings and emotions as fundamental to our being as those concerning sexual orientation—— it makes sense to me that such individuals would be very sensitive to so other people attempting to pressure them emotionally.
I had had enough. Such people could even be labeled oversensitive, to the point that a gay person will absolutely not let other people's opinions and desires affect their behavior in any way. That recurring look of sad disdain he could deliver my way stopped my tears. He was even sadder than I was. Mississippi was a hotbed of racial tension during the civil rights era in the s. The period between and in Mississippi was a time of direct, intense racial confrontation, widespread Klan terrorism, crucial civil rights victories, and the beginnings of tepid accommodation to a changing racial order.
How whites adapted to this change helped shape Mississippi politics for the rest of the century. Sessums adheres to "the cadence of Southern writing," which includes winding yet grammatically deft sentences, rich descriptions, and an occasional sense of lyrical dread. Southern writing is much more than writing about the American South. Certain themes have appeared simply because of the history of the South —— slavery, the American Civil War, Reconstructionist —— but also the significance of family, religion, and a sense of community on a personal and social level the use of Southern dialect, the troubled history of racial conflict within the South, a strong sense of place, a propensity for "gothic" elements of horror and the grotesque, a strongly biblical narrative tradition, a deep sense of loss and defeat, and so on.
But any of these elements can be discerned in the thought and art of writers who are in no other way southern. So, while such a list may help to define, it fails to delimit, and we are ultimately left with parallels rather than proofs. Some say the south is merely a backward racial mindset:
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