Category Archives: gender roles

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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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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Men acting as women vs women acting as men

“Women will do anything to avoid being alone” says Manuela upon recalling her relationship of Lola, and her clinging on to him in avoidance of being left to handle her child and herself alone. Yet my how this changes. The … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy of Gender Roles

There are several instances of irony in terms of the portrayal of gender roles in the film, “But I’m a Cheerleader”.  The story is about a young girl sent to camp in order to learn how to be straight, as … 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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A humourous look at a serious gender problem

“But I’m a Cheerleader” is a satirical look at the absurdity of the anti-gay movement. What I first I saw as a predictable film about an American high school cheerleader and her boyfriend turned into a triumphant portrayal of sexual … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gender Spectrum

I thought one of the most thought-provoking and intriguing conversations we had in class today was about the differences between male and female and man and woman.  Before this conversation, I had never thought about the distinction between the two, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Toughness

I thought the excerpt from Sherrie Inness’ book Tough Girls, “Beyond Muscles: What Does It Mean To Be Tough?” was very thought-provoking, though I question some of her ideas about toughness.  She seems to write from a very narrow (and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rear Window and Gender Roles

In the Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window, gender role stereotypes are fulfilled in some characters while in others the roles are somewhat reversed. This display of gender roles is best understood through the appreciation of the relationship between the main … Continue reading Continue reading

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