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Lily Burana and Linnea Due, Dagger: On Butch Women (Pittsburgh: Cleis Press, 1994), 232 pages, 50 illustrations.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TONGUE machismo without tasting patriarchy? Are butch dykes subverting the status quo or are they just wild women looking for a good time? In Dagger: On Butch Women, writers and artists like Pat Califia, Jill Posener, and Diane DiMassa investigate what happens when you fuck with gender and live to tell about it. While there’s plenty of talk in these pages about “packing” and “passing,” the kind of border crossings that Dagger illuminates are not, as Carol A. Queen observes in her essay “Why I Love Butch Women,” “about maleness on a female.” The smartest parts of the anthology are the interviews with veteran butch women, female-to-male transsexuals, bulldyke rock stars, and sex workers. Articulating experiences between categories (like the butch dyke who identifies

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