The Kids are All Right discussion.docx

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English Textual Studies
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ETS 145
Lindsey Frank

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The Kids are All Right – Movie discussion Sexuality, race, class, gender (4 points total) up by Nov. 1  ▯Country music?? Halberstam  wants movie to be progressive not conservative, liberal subject matter Conservative ­ Lesbian marriage are just heterosexual marriages (your marriage will turn to crap  – somewhat liberal  ▯all marriages are crap) ­ 2 moms = smother kids  ▯Need for a father ­ Even lesbians want/need penis (Jules and Nic affair, watch gay porn) ­ Hetero­sex = yay | lesbian sex  ▯sad ­ Still very Hollywood in narrative  ­ Kids are maybe a little weird ­ Still using idea that for a relationship to work there must be a primary masculine  body (masculine/feminine binary) ­ Liberal ­ Lesbian marriage + kids via artificial insemination (ultimate theme) ­ Marriage is crap/sad ­ Paul ends up sad and alone (progressive film? Bleak tone) ­ Interracial relationship ­ Paul’s innate fatherly urge (innate feeling that he wants to be a father of the kids,  ‘tries’ to break up family) ­ Problematic ‘Stuff’ ­ Racism – gardener and hostess  ­ Strange for sperm donor to want to meet the children perhaps ­ Joni Mitchel = point of bonding between Nic and Jules (further enforcing idea  that Nic is like a man) Halberstam (Reading) ­ Jules, is lesbian, bit
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