Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Book Review: 'The Daddies' by Kimberly Dark

The Daddies by Kimberly Dark
‘He beat her just like she was his wife.’

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. 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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