""Among the many contributions this [book makes] to various fields is its delineation and mapping of the ways in which different forms of gender-bending have helped to create new gender categories of identity, and alternative forms of gender articulations and expressions, which have implications for both how gender is made and enacted, and how gender is lived in the everyday." —Marlon M. Bailey, author of Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit"
""Through an historic analysis of the discourse and phenomenon of a wide variety of drag performances, Heller asks about the politics of the act and its changing meaning as the assumptions about sex, gender, sex/gender, performance and queerness change." —John M. Sloop, author of Disciplining Gender: Rhetorics of Sex Identity in Contemporary U.S. Culture"
"What do turn-of-the-19th century male impersonators, Chicana activist performers, Black butches, and contemporary drag kings have to do with each other? In Heller's "mistressful" hands, they lead to a more capacious understanding of gender-bending on stage, with the potential to open our eyes to all sorts of ways creative gender is queering the world around us."
Leila Rupp, Feminist Studies University of California, Santa Barbara