Dykes to Watch Out For


Dykes to Watch Out For (sometimes DTWOF) was a comic strip by Alison Bechdel, which ran from 1983 to 2008, and was one of the earliest ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture and has been called ‘as important to new generations of lesbians as landmark novels like Rita Mae Brown’s ‘Rubyfruit Jungle’ (1973) and Lisa Alther’s ‘Kinflicks’ (1976) were to an earlier one.’

DTWOF chronicled the lives, loves, and politics of a fairly diverse group of characters (most of them lesbians) living in a medium-sized city in the United States, featuring both humorous soap opera storylines and biting topical commentary. The strip was carried in ‘Funny Times’ and a number of gay and lesbian newspapers. According to Bechdel, her strip was ‘half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel.’ Characters reacted to contemporary events, including going to the Michigan Womyn’s Festival, Gay Pride parades, and protest marches and having heated discussions about day-to-day events, political issues and the way lesbian culture was changing.


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