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Gender and Violence in Natural Born Killers

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  1. Presented by Gina DeAngelis Gender and Violence in Natural Born Killers

  2. Natural Born Killers (1994) • Directed by Oliver Stone • Original screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, heavily edited by Stone, Rutowski, and Veloz • Stars Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore • Satire of the media’s obsession with criminals • Influenced by Bonnie and Clyde(1967)

  3. Gender and Violence? MICKEY KNOX MALLORY KNOX Reactionary victim Father abused her Frequently appears either androgynous or over sexualized Often kills in response to harassment • Violence is only “natural” for him • Inherited violent nature from father • Kills without provocation • The focus is usually on him

  4. Interview Scene • “I mean, I came from violence, it was in my blood. My dad had it. His dad had it. It’s all just my fate.” • That’s when I realized my one true calling in life. Shit, man. I’m a natural born killer.” • -Mickey Knox to Wayne Gale

  5. Male Violence vs. Female Violence • Society, along with Natural Born Killers, tries to “understand” the female murderer, but normalize the actions of the male murderer. – Karen Boyle

  6. Diner Scene • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M9rssz6tIE

  7. References Boyle, Karen. “What’s Natural about Killing? Gender, Copycat Violence and Natural Born  Killers.” Journal of Gender Studies 10.3 (2001): 311-321. Print. ^Hamsher, Jane (1998). Killer Instinct. Broadway. pp. 48–51. ISBN 0-7679-0075-8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey5BKdGI6dE http://images.popmatters.com/news_art/n/natural-born-killers-sp2.jpg