Visual reporting from the lesbian front line in 1997. Toni and Clarice face the challenge of lesbian adoption and having their lives given the once over by the state, in the face of opposition by Toni's parents to their lives together. Jezanna faces up to her mother's cancer - and finds there are some advantages to going out with her mother's lesbian oncology nurse. The bookshop hits a $10,000 dollar shortfall and threats from the bank, responding in style with an erotic porn fundraiser. Jezanna fears being raided by the vice squad.
Loyalty and principles are tested. Will Mo succumb to the dubious attractions of the feminist academic prick who dumped her previous girlfriend when she found out she had MS? Do you have to be vegetarian to be a proper lesbian? Is it OK that baby Raffi has a home-made light sabre and he has taken it into the adoption court with him? Will Ginger at last meet the final deadline and complete her dissertation? Should Lois have told her friends she was on Prozac and how should her friends be helping her? Is it OK for Madwimmin Books to sell dildos as well as well, urm, books if that is what stops it going under? Warning - contains post-lesbian feminist phallic imagery.
After having read the occasional DTWOF in the local gay and lesbian press, I finally bought this collection of strips. I was incredibly impressed! Not only is this book *VERY* funny, but all of the characters seem to embody the diversity withing the gay and lesbian community. I couldn't put it down!
I love Bechdel's characters (my husband - yes, husband - says I remind him a *lot* of Mo when I go off on a tangent). The Madwimmin-a-go-go benefit at the end had us both laughing till we cried. Long live the mad women of Madwimmen!
Warning: if you haven't read this book, this review is a spoiler!
I really liked this latest book by Ms. Bechdel. It's nice to see good things happening for the characters: Mo stirs herself and goes after Sidney instead of whining about her lack of a girlfriend. Ginger finally gets her PhD. Toni's parents seem to be ok her lesbianism, and Clarice and Toni revitalize their partnership which has been languishing since the arrival of Raffi, and one of the most important items, Clarice's second parent adoption is approved!
I can't wait for the next book! Unfortunately, Ms. Bechdel only comes out :-) with a new book every 2 years or so. I hope she never stops this comic strip!