Although Possession has numerous flights of fancy, there is one particular moment that absolutely neuters any straight readings of the film. This scene, which comes right about the halfway mark, is notoriously referred to as “the subway scene,” in which a laughing Anna ascends the escalator of a subway station and then proceeds down a long isolated hallway where she stops to have a fit the proportions of which have never been seen before or since. She laughs, she screams, she howls, contorts (even smacking her head against the wall at one point—which was real), regurgitates, flails, flops, and falls. This scene seems to go on so long that it starts off shocking, switches to ridiculous and lands at truly frightening—but in fact the sequence barely lasts three minutes. It is the scene that often divides viewers because of its unapologetic emotional excessiveness. But for me this was the scene that nailed it: it would forever be one of my favourite films. —Kier-la Janesse, House of Psychotic Women
Anonymous asked: WHOA I saw that you liked The Doom Generation...I'm curious, what did you think of the character Xavier? You seem (not to judge, but then tumblr is a good way to determine such things) like the someone who can empathize with Amy McGowan's character, but as a bisexual male I was more curious how a straight girl sees the interactions between X and Jordan. Feel free to skip over this question if you feel it doesn't apply to you--it's just hard to find anyone who actually appreciates Gregg Araki.
(cont.. “As a revision to the Araki question, your opinion as a girl doesn’t matter so much as your opinion as an ardent feminist. Schaech’s character is kind of a douche, but he also kind of represents a sort of bisexual masculinity that anyone above a 1/ below a 4 on the Kinsey Scale might find relatable. How do you think your opinion of him would change if he didn’t display an obvious attraction to Duval’s character?”)
So, The Doom Generation was Gregg Araki’s first “studio film,” aka he had a film crew and a reasonable budget. He was instructed by the studio to literally make a “heterosexual movie” so, of course, he goes about that by making a love-triangle film brimming with INTENSE sexual tension between Xavier and Jordan. He even parodies this idea by simply making the tagline to the film “A Heterosexual Film by Gregg Araki.” So it’s hard for me to think about Xavier’s bisexuality displayed in the film without remembering that Araki was under that constraint to begin with.
The movie is filled with largely ridiculous plotlines/characters and as funny as Jordan and Amy are they’re young love is still framed as empathetical to anyone in a relationship, or young lovers, or heterosexual people. I don’t know if I saw Xavier as a douche as much as he was an almost more aggressive, male-version of Amy, in terms of power-play in relationships. He is, after all, a Handsome Devil. But moreso I just saw Xavier as an aggressive symbolic figure of sexual fluidity. If you take out the attraction to Jordan than, yeah, Xavier becomes more of a one-sided douche. What’s fun about X is that he sort of rips up the relationship these teens had.
For me, Xavier is for Amy and Jordan what Luisa sort of is for Julio and Tenoch in Y Tu Mamá También; Xavier shows Amy and Jordan (who, if we take Amy’s “But we’re both virgins!” comment at face value, are just beginning to even have sex) a different (and let’s face it, sexier) spectrum of attraction. If you think about Xavier as a sort of dark, cowboy-esque guardian angel of male homosexuality for Jordan in this context, what happens to Jordan (the “heterosexual male”) at the end of the film takes on an entirely more disturbing symbolic context.
Anonymous asked: To be honest, he always makes me feel really uncomfortable and I think feels like just because he identifies as a feminist I should give him a chance over other guys but douches aren't my type. And for a male feminist he comes up with really misogynistic stuff like how men should be praised for not hitting women (WTF!!) & the 'what about ME and other men' thing whenever I speak of women's rights. Thanks for the reply back to them though, I'm not that mature either so I'll be sure to use it :)
But confusingly, misogynists are sometimes men who speak softly and eat vegan and say “a woman’s sexual freedom is an essential component to her liberation. So come here.” It’s a tricky world out there. And while I’d prefer a critical approach to gender from men I elect, read and even bed, in my experience, the so-called feminist men I’ve met deep down have not been less antagonistic or bigoted toward women. What I see over and over again is misogyny in sheep’s clothing, and at this point, I would rather see wolves as wolves.
Anonymous asked: I think you're very cool and smart and I have a lot of respect for you, but insulting a boy's penis is kind of transphobic because there are trans* boys and men who don't have penises. Just putting it out there! xo
Yo, absolutely true. I am sorry. I should say that my post was specifically for macho, cis, heterosexual boys whose egos are tied to their dicks, which is why I said that but I’ll remove it because #learning!