Movie Analysis : ' Boys Don 't Cry ' Essay examples

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Boys Don’t Cry, released in 1999 by director Kimberly Peirce, was adapted from the real life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was passing in rural Nebraska. After passing for some time and successfully dating local girls, Brandon was brutally beaten, raped, and murdered at the hands of two cisgender men who felt threatened by his masculinity. Peirce, with her “long-standing interest in transvestism and transsexuality,” sought to reclaim sensationalized media accounts of the 1993 murder of the real Brandon Teena (Leigh, 18). This paper will consider border theory – as discussed by Gloria Anzaldúa, David E. Johnson, and Scott Michaelsen – and J. Halberstam’s meditations on flexibility and rigidity in postmodernity in regards to Peirce’s representation of Brandon’s transgender identity. In her film Boys Don’t Cry, Peirce presents Brandon’s body as a contradictory site – a borderlands – that urban queers, in spite of the postmodern moment, recognize as performance, police, and eventually lesbianize. Such gender policing denies Brandon an existence in the borderlands and commodifies trans bodies as a more palatable product for homonormative consumption.
Johnson and Michaelsen, without minimizing the violence surrounding the border, conclude that the borderlands are “a place of politically exciting hybridity, intellectual creativity, and moral possibility. The borderlands, in other words, are the privileged locus of hope for a better world” (Johnson and Michaelsen,…

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