Make Out Party: A New Queer, Campy, Sex Positive Film Is Crowdfunding

What’s not to love about camp, queerness, and positive representations of sexuality (and some seriously INSANE makeup and costume talent)? Make Out Party looks like everything I love about John Waters and 60s sexploitation, but with a warmth and familiarity that’s evocative of a night out with friends at a DIY warehouse party. Filmmaker Emily […]

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Witchcraft, Satanism, and the Male Gaze: The Paranoid Sexual Politics of Belladonna of Sadness

The 1973 Japanese animation feature film Belladonna of Sadness defies its roots in the sexploitation genre by spending as much time on sex as it does feudal politics and superstitions, witchcraft, Satanism, and even the Black Death. A bizarrely beautiful film, its slow-paced animation style and strangely apt treatment of themes of exile, detachment, violation […]

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Great Moments In Historical Sluttery: Mae West’s Seven Decades as a Sex Symbol

Mae West could have been famous for any one of her remarkable qualities. A stunning, magnetic screen star, a scandalously witty writer, and an outspoken believer in free expression, Mae lived large in every sense of the phrase. More inspiring still, she retained complete control over her career and public image throughout her life. To […]

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Erotic Awakenings And Misandrist Fantasies: The Horror Of Female Sexuality In ‘The Witch’

The vainglorious zeal of religious fundamentalists, the fear of immigrant outsiders, and the suspect power of female sexuality are thematic threads that stitch Robert Eggers’ The Witch together. Although this highly anticipated horror film offers up well-worn cinematic tropes of the woman-as-witch, it does so to thrilling effects. Full moons, horned goats, flying witches and the maiden, mother and crone all figure […]

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Great Moments In Historical Sluttery: Alla Nazimova, Silver Screen Sappho

Lithe, elegant, and eccentric, Russian-born actress Alla Nazimova embodied a type of decadent Hollywood glamour that hasn’t been seen since the mid-1940s. Her romantic entanglements with women and her lavish private parties may have been scandalous, but she possessed a captivating acting presence and creativity as a filmmaker that made her more than just another […]

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The F Word: Sexuality, Embodiment and Empowerment in 4th Wave Feminist Art

In 2009, Jessica Valenti heralded the dawn of 4th wave feminism with a supposition: “Maybe the 4th wave is online” the Feministing founder mused. Nearly seven years later, a new incarnation of the century old movement is far less questionable — and yet not entirely uncontested. Navigating this liminal space between 3rd and 4th wave feminism and between IRL […]

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Sexual Alienation: Rocky Horror As Allegory

Dr. Frank-N-Furter stalks the surgery room in scrubs and glittering heels, anticipating the rhythmic hoisting of Rocky’s candy-striped dumbbells — first the left, then the right. He squeals and claps, Rocky grunts, the Transylvanians look on in awe, Brad and Janet with titillated confusion, and Magenta and Riff Raff with barely contained revulsion at the prurient display. On the 40th […]

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