Female Masculinity

TitleFemale Masculinity
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsHalberstam, Jack
Number of Pages346
PublisherDuke University Press
CityDurham, NC
Abstract

In this volume, the author 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. In the first full-length study on this subject, the author 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, the author uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them. This volume 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. 

URLhttps://www.dukeupress.edu/female-masculinity-twentieth-anniversary-edition
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