Category Archives: gender binary

Another look at the gender binary at Vanderbilt

Hana’s question about the gender binary at Vanderbilt got me thinking, too.  I’ve honestly seen just as much virgin and prude shaming toward women as I’ve seen slut shaming.  It might partially be because I’m not in the Greek scene … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gender Binary and Young Audiences

Jordan’s presentation about the gender binary in films aimed at younger audiences definitely sparked my interest. The films she chose were aimed primarily at teens and young adults, which can be a particularly formative time in many lives. So the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Captain Jack Harkness: Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Time

One of the best things about Captain Jack Harkness as a character is that, from the moment he was first introduced on Doctor Who, he has been challenging any kind of sexuality and gender binary. Even better, he does so … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gender and Sexuality Binaries

One of the most interesting things about the film All About My Mother was the idea of gender identity and sexuality – and, more importantly, the way breaking those norms plays out in society. Two cases jumped out at me … Continue reading Continue reading

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Since When Did Drag Equal Wanting to Fit in?

Dorian Corey says in the documentary, Paris is Burning, that “looking like” can be more than just the performance of a character, but can turn into really being the character you are trying to portray, such as trying to pass … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Gender Binary and Venus Xtravaganza

Many of the individuals in “Paris Is Burning” idealize white womanhood, which really intrigues me.  Although clearly most of the individuals in this film do not fit gender stereotypes or the gender binary, rather than fighting for a more comprehensive … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Approach the Character of Megan

The way we are supposed to relate to the protagonist, Megan, in But I’m a Cheerleader is difficult to figure out. Are we meant to identify with her, or pity her as a victim? Should we believe that she truly … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sexual Fluidity in But I’m a Cheerleader?

When I watched But I’m a Cheerleader and read Eva Phillips’ review, I kept wondering who director Jamie Babbit was targeting when she made this film. Who was the film’s intended audience? Gays and lesbians? Closeted youth? Youth exploring their … Continue reading Continue reading

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the prevelance of the gender binary

In keeping with our class discussion and weekly theme of the gender binary constructed by society, I’d like to discuss several instances where I witnessed this forced gender classification over the course of the week. I always love it when … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Society and the Problematic Nature of the Gender Binary

I’ve found our class discussions this week (inspired by But I’m a Cheerleader) especially interesting, as they have centered around gender, sex and gender performance and have raised many difficult questions about what those words mean–both by definition, and in … Continue reading Continue reading

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