Masculinity: The Roundup

Shaun and Ed, Shaun of the Dead

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Misogyny Demons and Wesley’s Tortured Masculinity in Joss Whedon’s ‘Angel’


Not only does the characterization of this violent misogyny as “primordial” imply that violence toward women is the natural state of men, it also implies that gender itself is an essential and natural state of being. Men are men and women are women. In a universe that generally operates in gray areas, such a distinction is uncharacteristically black and white.

#iamnotavessel: Joss Whedon’s Romantic Reproductive Coercion

Ripley, loving her "beautiful, beautiful little baby"

Whedon and director Jeunet thus systematically demolish Ridley Scott’s original metaphor by consistently representing Ripley’s experience of forced maternity as akin to both chosen motherhood and loss of self, and essentially different from the forced impregnation and reproductive coercion of the male characters.

Call For Writers: Demon/Spirit Possession

Halloween is upon us, so it’s time to contemplate the prolific theme of demon/spirit possession in film and on TV. Why is this such a prevalent theme? In many ways, possession explains evil as something separate from ourselves, something that infects us, which dichotomizes good and evil.

Women and Gender in Cult Films and B-Movies: The Roundup

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Fairytale Prostitution in ‘Angel’

Film poster

Angel, a 1984 cult film, attempts to be both a melodrama about a teen hooker forced to face her life choices (as the trailer proclaims it “A Very Special Motion Picture”) and a very 80s crime thriller where a tough-talking street kid teams up with a cop to catch a killer, but the resulting film is a mess of clashing tones that seems more campy than hard-hitting.