Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), dir. Desiree Akhavan

This film is an adaptation of Emily Danford's novel of the same name which tells the story of a young lesbian who is sent to a gay conversion therapy school in 1993. Although the story is fictional, all of the things said and done in the film are based on actual events in the lives of those who have been sent to such centers. The actors interviewed survivors of gay conversion therapy to gain insight into their experiences-some of whom were at the showing at Sundance. The film uses humor to tell its story (like many Young Adult books) but it also has a dark and extremely disturbing tale to tell.

Cameron was being raised by her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, and they are much more religiously conservative than her own parents. In any case, Cameron doesn't seem particularly repentant when she is caught having sex with a girlfriend: she's just sorry she was caught. Her aunt and uncle force her to attend the conversion camp, and when she arrives she finds a group of similar teens who "suffer" from "same sex attraction" (SSA). The Christians who run the center seek to get the teens to uncover the "reasons" they are gay through amateur psychoanalysis; as they do not believe God creates anyone to be gay, the attraction can only be explained in their view by some events that confused them and that can be undone through therapy. …

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