Category Archives: Jennie Livingston

The Perennial Question of Insider vs Outsider

When I watched Paris is Burning last Sunday, I kept thinking of discussions and readings I’ve had in my anthropology classes.  This may sound like it has nothing to do with our class, but hear me out.  Essentialism, orientalism, colonialism, … Continue reading Continue reading

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bell hooks on “Paris is Burning”

In her book Black Looks: Race and Representation (which we read an excerpt of for class), bell hooks gives a rather scathing critique of Paris is Burning. She criticizes the film as too privileging a view of white femininity as … Continue reading Continue reading

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