Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Review: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

Years back, I used to write for a student paper and would review music and movies. I think that a healthy thing for me to do again is talk about the things I've read and watched that are notable and well I guess this graphic novel is a great way to start!

Recently, a few friends suggested I pick up Nagata Kabi's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. I've seen a lot of remarks on social media about how good of a story it is and had been thinking about it for some time. Looking for another book to read, it was a cheap Kindle pick up for $10 CAD on Amazon, and it was completely readable in a single evening.

This a true story by Kabi that centres on her discovering her non-heteronormative nature and her inability to effectively socialise due to her sheltered life. While it is given from a non-Western cisgender woman's point of view, the topic of parental acceptance is front and centre and can be relate-able for any sort of queer person.

Parental acceptance is a topic that has resonated with me since my adolescence and even more so since coming out as transgender. Kabi discusses it in great detail about how her relationship with her mother has always been complicated and it is later in the book that she comes to realise how it relates to her sexuality.

Being that it is a graphic novel, it offers some visualisations that written words could not allow the reader to imagine. From how her first sexual encounter went, to how she behaved at work, and to how she interacts with her mother all offer something that is deep. The interactions with the lesbian escorts definitely show the confusion and awkwardness Kabi faced, but offer a bit of humour at the same time.

I definitely cannot give this book the review it deserves but I can safely say that it is worth picking up for an evening read.

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