COM 327 January 22 2013 Quiz Housekeeping Group Presentation: - “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” Short lecture: Doty & Queer theory Queer readings of pop culture . Quiz!. Question 1 Mulvey describes her analysis as a “political use of” which intellectual tradition? a) Marxism
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January 22 2013
- “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
Short lecture: Doty & Queer theory
Queer readings of pop culture
Mulvey looks at the following gender formulation in cinema:
a) women as passive / men as active
b) women as human / men as cyborgs
c) women as crazy / men as rational
d) women as men / me as women
What movie does Doty use as an example of how we’ve been culturally trained to assume that all non-stereotypically queer characters are straight?
a) The Princess Bride
c) American Beauty
d) The Blair Witch Project
What is the term Doty uses to describe academics who combine rigorous critical work with autobiographical, celebratory enthusiasm for the subject?
b) Academic wannabes
c) Invested critics
Hegemony & PATRIARCHY
The configuration of politics, law, economics, technology and culture around the belief that men and women are fundamentally different…
This configuration generally favors (straight, white) men.
“Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is”
“In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.”
“You automatically gain entry to some parts of the map that others have to work for. The game is easier to play, automatically, and when you need help, by default it’s easier to get.”
“Homosexual” and “queer” are not the same thing
Just like “female” and “feminine”, or “male” and “masculine” are not the same thing!
Vocabulary for “queer” readings
- Men take sensual pleasure from watching / being with other men… but how to make this OK for straight guys?
- over-the-top portrayal of sexual identity (often to the point of irony)
- Characterizing a group of people using limited stereotypes
“What makes you think this is my first time?”
Queer readings are possible with almost any text, whether or not they have explicit queer characters/themes
A queer reading does not necessarily reflect on your own identity
(e.g. just like Marxist analyses don’t make you a socialist)
Reading a text as queer simply means not assuming that every non-stereotypically gay person is straight.
In other words, it means asking “what if” instead of “obviously they’re not”.