Tom and Jerry: Baby Puss 1942
Depicts the idea of being a child or woman as being ‘girly’ as amusing and derogatory. Explores the issues of representing feminine qualities as juvenile qualities.
Backwards Bunny 1959
Just one (unavailable – sorry!) examples of Bugs Bunny using cross-dressing as an escape.
Did you know?
There are 167 Bugs Bunny cartoons…
and 52 involve kissing…
4/168 are heterosexual
28/168 are male characters
25/ 168 are “wacky” (kisses to startle/confuse/delay pursuers)
and out of the 37 cross-gendered episodes 5 kisses are when Bugs is in drag acting as a female.
Nevertheless he always returns to his male self. Suggesting the inefficiency of homosexual performance in Bugs bunny cartoons, contains and creates a ‘gendered identity’ constituting the subject through comedic disavowal and eventual exclusion of the transvestite.
Girls’ Night Out 1986. Joanna Quinn
: The story of a sexually repressed housewife, who enjoys a wild night out involving a male stripper.
The audience immediately identifies with warm Beryl’s mundane existence. Its establishment of being feminine gendered film reclaims the language of film, predominantly gendered masculine: by prominence of male characters, modes of action and adventure with the relegation of women to subordinate roles and narrative function.
The film’s vitality is expressed by endowing objects excess of drawn movement (the telephone shaking and jumping when ringing) this energy unpins the film’s textual agenda. Resisting masculine norms, representational lines and movement instead of hyperrealist text, and static illustrations of the ‘coach-potato’ husband in front of the television make a stark contrast to Beryl’s life and vigour. Her body, with emphasis on the jiggles and wobbles it creates, are investigated in a ‘spirit of acceptance and not judgement’. Illustrating the married woman’s life as dull and oppressive, in need of excitement; draws attention to the existence of many women rendered ‘invisible’ or misrepresented by other notions of womanhood and ideas of femininity that are prioritised and endorsed in the media, e.g. youth, slimness, sexual passivity/availability etc.
What Beryl achieves in the narrative, Quinn achieves in the manipulation of film form and reclamation of particular ideals, which privileged the male position and rendered women absent or passive.