“…he won’t stop talking about how tired he is. then he is letting me know that part of why he is tired is bc he had to take care of me last weekend when i had the seizure. let me note that he only had to take care of me for ONE NIGHT and that, honestly, i could have died…[then] he starts yelling at me, telling me im selfish, telling me i am not thankful for last weekend…”
This makes me so sad to remember. “I don’t think I’m being selfish.”
BARNEYS VS SEIZURE DO THE MATH
Let’s make a list of female filmmakers that’s 90% white and about 100% straight and pat ourselves on the back.
- 6/6/12- “THE GUY’S GUIDE TO FEMINISM” What Does Feminism Have To Do With Men? A Conversation with Michael Kimmel, Author & Quentin Walcott, Co-Exec Dir Connect (7:00 pm)
- 7/14/10-“GUYLAND: THE PERILOUS WORLD WHERE BOYS BECOME MEN” Lecture and Discussion featuring Dr. Michael Kimmel, PhD, Author & Sociologist, among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. Moderated by Shelby Knox, nationally known feminist organizer & subject of the Sundance award-winning film, “The Education of Shelby Knox”. TimeOut NY Critics Pick. Over 145 attended.
- 8/19/09- “FEMINIST MEN: INCREASING VISIBILITY”. Featuring Dr. Michael Kimmel, one of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity, Vinnie Angel, purveyor of social justice consumer products, Robert Brannon, Co- Founder NOMAS, Jerin Alam, NOW NYS YFTF,Ben Siegel, former VP Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition. TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick. Over 80 attended.
For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:
- Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (specifically, the chapter called “Woman As Possessed Monster”)
- Aviva Briefel’s “Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in Horror Film”
- “‘The Hair That Wasn’t There Before’: Demystifying Monstrosity and Menstruation in Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed”
- Bianca Nielson’s “Something’s Wrong, Like More Than You Being Female”: Transgressive Sexuality and Discourses of Reproduction in Ginger Snaps”
- Shelley Stamp Lindsey’s “Horror, Femininity, and Carrie’s Monstrous Puberty”
I will add Carol Clover’s Men, Women, and Chain Saws here, although she’s concerned more with identification, monstrous-feminine as men’s horror, and the maternal aspects of possession tales (including a section on possession as oral penetration). Although both Creed and Clover are important feminist horror theorists who work in Psychoanalytical lenses, Barbara Creed talks more about transformation than Carol Clover does. And transformation is key to horror movies about how women are terrifying.
For variations on a theme, watch Ginger Snaps, Carrie, and Teeth together.
(Bonus: here is Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: an Essay on Abjection for free online)
“Just because we can say the room represents the womb and Jane’s fear of Uncle Reed’s ghost “penetrating” the room is her obvious fear of male genitals and some other Freudian mumbo-jumbo doesn’t mean we should.” —Jayson Greene, “Sorry, Feminism,” Eyresses