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Female Masculinity

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Publisher Comments:

Masculinity without men. In Female Masculinity Judith Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two hundred years. Providing the first full-length study on this subject, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances.

Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them. She rereads Anne Lister’s diaries and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness as foundational assertions of female masculine identity. She considers the enigma of the stone butch and the politics surrounding butch/femme roles within lesbian communities. She also explores issues of transsexuality among “transgender dykes”—lesbians who pass as men—and female-to-male transsexuals who may find the label of “lesbian” a temporary refuge. Halberstam also tackles such topics as women and boxing, butches in Hollywood and independent cinema, and the phenomenon of male impersonators.

Female Masculinity signals a new understanding of masculine behaviors and identities, and a new direction in interdisciplinary queer scholarship. Illustrated with nearly forty photographs, including portraits, film stills, and drag king performance shots, this book provides an extensive record of the wide range of female masculinities. And as Halberstam clearly demonstrates, female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders.

Synopsis:

A major intervention into the study of masculinity and how it relates to female--especially lesbian--identity.

About the Author

Female Masculinity is a very important work that scholars in cultural studies will be talking about for years. Nothing like it exists, period.”—Esther Newton, author of Cherry Grove, Fire Island
“Thank goodness for the dashing Judith Halberstam! Her new book is a smart, entertaining and informed tour of that most threatening of cultural identities: the masculine female. Oh, yum!”—Kate Bornstein, author of My Gender Workbook

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822322269
Author:
Halberstam, Judith
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Author:
Halberstam
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Gender identity in literature
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19981026
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 bandw photographs
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.50x6.30x1.25 in. 1.69 lbs.

Related Subjects

Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General

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