Gender Forum

Articles from No. 46, 2013

Bollywood Baffled over Sex, Rape and Prostitution
1 A man and a woman meet. Sparks fly. They date, then marry and raise a family. This story is as mundane as the rising and setting of the sun. But in India it is such a cataclysmic event that it's been the pivotal theme for one of India's largest industries,...
Disciplining Deviant Women: The Critical Reception of Baise-Moi[1]
1 Anette Ballinger notes in No Angels: Women Who Commit Violence that "[f]eminism has shown a marked reluctance to deal with female violence, perhaps concerned that the subject will harm the feminist cause" (1). This unwillingness is with good reason...
Editorial
1 This issue of Gender Forum focuses on the representation of gender and gender relations, as well as sex and sexuality, in contemporary film. Movies - from mainstream blockbusters to low-budget indie films - present a mirror of our culture. They both...
Masks, Fans, and Nu Shu in Chinese-American Female Love Relationships
1 On the basis of a recent library search, few research studies of Chinese-American lesbians appear to exist, and of those that do, most seem confined to the world of fiction, namely films and novels. Two such fictional texts are films and will form...
Pageant Trouble: An Exploration of Gender Transgression in Little Miss Sunshine
1 Little Miss Sunshine is a recent (2006) film that was popular among various audiences within the United States. The screen-play was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt and was directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris. It was nominated for...
The Sapphires (2012) and One Night the Moon (2001): Song, History and Australian Aboriginality
1 The film musical is predominantly perceived as an art form of pure entertainment, where everyone "may burst into magnificent, breathtaking song and dance in order to give unhindered expression to their emotions" (Grant 2). Musical entertainment hence...
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