THE DADDIES: A Dark Love Letter To Masculinity Told As A Lesbian Leather-Daddy Love Story
Reviewed by G. Harp.
California author Kimberly Dark teaches Sociology at Cal State, San Marcos and in the Cal State Summer Arts Program, is a writer, professor and raconteur ‘working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we all discover our influences and reclaim our power as social creators.’ Her books include LOVE AND ERRORS and as co-editor for WAYS OF BEING IN TEACHING Kimberly also performs stores and poems around the globe and has published essays in both scholarly and popular publications.
Kimberly’s book is a series of letters, short essays, thought chains, memoirs – or as she puts it, ‘THE DADDIES is a love letter to masculinity, a kaleidoscope of its pleasures and horrors.’ Or as some have noted, ‘a multi-layered hybrid of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, “autoethnography, biomythography, and collage to explore the concepts of 'Daddy' through a social critique of news and pop culture.” She allows us to view see what gendered interactions are and what they tell us about erotic love and masculinity. Hence we must look at sexual abuse, gendered expectations, identity and desire in a world that is patriarchal.
Gender identity is a key issue for dissection and in Kimberly’s capable hands she relates much of how we view ourselves as reflections of the daddy image. Kimberly has experienced her own gender realization and coming out in response to the daddy figures about which she writes, And it is immensely readable for a very wide audience.