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Post-Dykes to Watch Out For
     

Post-Dykes to Watch Out For

by Alison Bechdel
 

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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

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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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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.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563411229
Publisher:
Firebrand Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Dykes to Watch Out For Series , #9
Pages:
143
Sales rank:
1,368,203
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 5.51(h) x 0.42(d)

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