Category Archive: Film

Jan 28 2011

“No Strings Attached”: Sexual Convention in Transgression’s Clothes

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Is Hollywood exploring the frontiers of modern sexuality… or simply reinforcing the same old standards? Well, it could have been worse. I suppose. You may have seen the saucy, sexy previews and ads for the super-hyped new movie, “No Strings Attached.” Paramount is clearly pushing this film, not …

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Jan 21 2011

Natalie Portman’s ‘No Strings Attached’ Sex: Is Hollywood Finally Ditching Its Repressive Attitude?

You may have seen the saucy, sexy previews and ads for the super-hyped new movie, “No Strings Attached.” Paramount is clearly pushing this film, not as just another romantic comedy about women hunting for marriage and men succumbing to its sweet inevitability, but as a daring, edgy, ultra-modern exploration of the “new” relationship models: casual, …

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Nov 09 2010

Sex in the City, But Lost in the Desert: Sex and the City 2

This piece was originally published on CarnalNation. Honestly? It would have been a lot easier to write the Marxist/ anti-capitalist review of “Sex and the City 2″ than the sex review. And I’m not even a Marxist. There is a bizarre dearth of sex in “Sex and the City 2″… and there is a lavish …

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Oct 11 2010

Howl: Everything Has Changed

Well, my goodness. Things certainly have changed since I was a girl. And thank God for it. This, more than anything else, was what kept drifting into my mind when I saw Howl, the new film about the renowned Beat poem and the obscenity trial that surrounded it, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. A …

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Sep 24 2010

Don’t Feed the Stars!: Celebrity Bodies and Gossip’s New Schizophrenia

“It’s sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach… and some seeds.” “I swear by almost nothing for breakfast. Mugs of hot water!” “The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry.” “I hate dieting… I’m hungry all the time.” These quotes aren’t from a medical journal. They’re …

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Sep 03 2010

The People I’ve Slept With

A young woman is talking to her newborn baby. “I love sex,” she says. “And some people thought it was a bad thing. But I’ve learned that a slut is just a woman with the morals of a man.” Sudden, screeching rewind back in time, slightly less than nine months. The free-spirited adventurer in question, …

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Aug 03 2010

The Kids Are All Right

Are queers just like everyone else? Are queers just ordinary human beings, with the same hopes and fears and neuroses and dreams as everybody? Or are queers fundamentally different from straight people, with profoundly different ways of dealing with sex and gender and love and family? It’s a question that shows up most dramatically in …

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Jul 13 2010

Stonewall Uprising

I think it’s important that we remember this: The Gay Pride parades, held last month around the country and around the world, were commemorating a riot. A series of riots, actually, which took place over a series of several days. The Gay Pride parades held every June around the world — the stroller contingents, the …

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Jun 29 2010

Adult Toy Story: Romance vs. Reality in “Air Doll”

A sad, tired man takes the late train home from work. He comes home to his consolation: dinner and conversation and lovemaking with his beautiful girlfriend. Except his girlfriend is a blow-up doll. The conversation is entirely one-sided; when the lovemaking is over, he scrubs out her removable vagina with a hose. This has clearly …

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Jun 08 2010

Sex in the City, But Lost in the Desert

Honestly? It would have been a lot easier to write the Marxist/ anti-capitalist review of “Sex and the City 2″ than the sex review. And I’m not even a Marxist. There is a bizarre dearth of sex in “Sex and the City 2″… and there is a lavish parade of repulsive, garish, bloated consumerist excess …

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