Post-Dykes to Watch Out For

Overview

What does it mean to be female? Male? Gay? Straight? All of the usual categories are tossed out the window in this ninth binary-busting cartoon collection from Alison Bechdel. Lois has become a drag king. Sparrow identifies as a bi-dyke. Stuart says he's a butch lesbian. As dualistic thinking gives way to a more nuanced continuum, the sanctity of couplehood itself comes into question. Will Clarice and Toni become suburban swingers? Is Sydney's interest in polyamory purely professional? We know we can count on one...

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Overview

What does it mean to be female? Male? Gay? Straight? All of the usual categories are tossed out the window in this ninth binary-busting cartoon collection from Alison Bechdel. Lois has become a drag king. Sparrow identifies as a bi-dyke. Stuart says he's a butch lesbian. As dualistic thinking gives way to a more nuanced continuum, the sanctity of couplehood itself comes into question. Will Clarice and Toni become suburban swingers? Is Sydney's interest in polyamory purely professional? We know we can count on one old-fashioned character to take the Mo out of PoMo and put it back in Mo-nogamous. Or can we?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the years since Bechdel published her eighth cartoon collection (Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For), confusion has arisen in the sanguine world of the series' setting, the Madwimmin bookstore--resounding, as always, most strongly with the perpetually striped-shirt-wearing Mo. The beleaguered protagonist rebounds from attacks on Madwimmin's solvency from the likes of Bunns & Noodle and medusa.com, and copes with the sudden urge of maternal instinct and her lover's constant academic pleadings in favor of polyamory. Other topics include online affairs, the hazardous world of suburbia, Y2K, Bosnia, school shootings and the right of every little boy to wear nail polish. Bechdel's mercurial wit flashes from the "sado-monicaism" of watching Clinton's impeachment hearings to the meaning of gender as liquefied by an encounter between a transsexual gay man and a cross-dressing lesbian as Bechdel calls attention to the hypocrisies, idiocies and hysterics of modern society. She never misses an opportunity to poke fun at any institution, ranging from a clothing store called "baby gag" to news voice-overs. Each page is filled with jokes, yet the clear and nuanced drawings are never crowded out. Even readers put off by the title and the occasional sex scene will be left chuckling. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563411229
  • Publisher: Firebrand Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Dykes to Watch out for Series
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Bechdel
Alison Bechdel

ALISON BECHDEL has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. Since 1983 she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized “Dykes to Watch Out For” strip, “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms .). The strip is syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Bechdel does it again

    A great book. Poignant, insightful, hysterical, and impossible to put down. I love the characters, the artwork, and the bonus section in the back (a little extra something in addition to the collected strips).

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