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. This book uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a an understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologise them.
Print Book, English, ©1998
Duke University Press, Durham, NC, ©1998
xiv, 329 p. : il. ; 25 cm
Illustrations; Preface 1.An introduction to female masculinity: Masculinity without men; 2. Perverse presentism: The androgyne, the tribade, the female husband and other pre-twentieth-century genders; 3. "A writer of misfits": John Radclyffe Hall the discourse of inversion; 4. Lesbian masculinity: Even stone butches get the blues; 5. Transgender butch: Butch/FTM border wars and the masculine continuum; 6. Looking butch: A rough guide to butches on film; 7. Drag kings: Masculinity and performance; 8. Raging bull (Dyke): New masculinities Notes; Bibliography; Filmography; Index