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The Daddies is a love letter to masculinity, a kaleidoscope of its pleasures and horrors.

The question “Who’s your Daddy?” started showing up in mainstream cultural references during the 1990s. Those words can be spoken as a question, or a challenge, as a flirtation, a joke, or a threat. It’s all about inflection, intention, and who’s asking. Apparently, we have so much shared cultural meaning about “Daddy” the speakers and listeners can simply intuit meaning and proceed to laugh at the joke, or experience the shame, as appropriate.

But who is Daddy in American culture?

The Daddies aims to find out more than who - but how the process of knowing Daddy can prompt listeners to know themselves and their society. This allegory about patriarchy unfolds as a kinky lesbian Daddy/girl love story. Daddy-ness is situated in all people, after all, and we each share responsibility for creating a fairer world.

The Daddies can be used as a springboard for discussion in courses in sociology, gender and women's studies, cultural studies, sexuality studies, and communication. As a work of fiction, The Daddies can also be enjoyed by general audiences.

©2018 Sense/Bril (P)2019 Kimberly Dark

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Eye opening, radically sensual and rare.

Dark is both an artist and academician when performing her shockingly raw, practically confessional "novel" about preserverence, suffering, indulgence, agency, and reflection. I *thought* I had a decent understanding of American gender dynamics including myriad perils suffered by women, queer women in particular, but I was wrong. Never so beautifully and provocatively has anyone, friend or author or activist or anyone at all, invited me to momentarily and intimately experience the challenges and (I cringe to acknowledge) strangely blissful, nearly addictive aspects of highly taboo relationships which, in hindsight of listening to The Daddies, I wonder might just include most relationships involving women.