“Out by Sixteen”: Queer(ed) Girls in Ginger Snaps

“Out by Sixteen”: Queer(ed) Girls in Ginger Snaps "Out by Sixteen": Queer(ed) Girls in Ginger Snaps --Tanis MacDonald Gender, like the real, is not only the effect of representation but also of its excess, what remains outside discourse as a potential trauma which can rupture or destabilize, if not contained, any representation. --Teresa de Lauretis, Technologies of Gender Something's wrong. I mean, more than just you being female. --Brigitte Fitzgerald to her sister Ginger, Ginger Snaps Gender Bites; Sexuality Snaps Released to the cinematic public in 2000, John Fawcett's Canadian cult-horror film Ginger Snaps was marketed--with an adolescent female audience in mind--as a wry and wrenching female version of classic B-movie transformation narratives like I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). Fawcett's film, scripted by Karen Walton, retains the convention of conflating puberty and monstrosity, but instead of examining the body-changing dynamics of adolescent masculinity, Ginger Snaps holds the satirical magnifying glass up to the biological changes attending the onset of menstruation and focuses on social constructions of heteronormative femininity, including a horrified, comedic look at what manufacturers of depilatory products would call "unsightly and unwanted hair." The sardonic wit of the film reveals that the excesses of representation alter the "effect" of gender as a technology http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures University of Winnipeg

“Out by Sixteen”: Queer(ed) Girls in Ginger Snaps

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"Out by Sixteen": Queer(ed) Girls in Ginger Snaps --Tanis MacDonald Gender, like the real, is not only the effect of representation but also of its excess, what remains outside discourse as a potential trauma which can rupture or destabilize, if not contained, any representation. --Teresa de Lauretis, Technologies of Gender Something's wrong. I mean, more than just you being female. --Brigitte Fitzgerald to her sister Ginger, Ginger Snaps Gender Bites; Sexuality Snaps Released to the cinematic public in 2000, John Fawcett's Canadian cult-horror film Ginger Snaps was marketed--with an adolescent female audience in mind--as a wry and wrenching female version of classic B-movie transformation narratives like I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). Fawcett's film, scripted by Karen Walton, retains the convention of conflating puberty and monstrosity, but instead of examining the body-changing dynamics of adolescent masculinity, Ginger Snaps holds the satirical magnifying glass up to the biological changes attending the onset of menstruation and focuses on social constructions of heteronormative femininity, including a horrified, comedic look at what manufacturers of depilatory products would call "unsightly and unwanted hair." The sardonic wit of the film reveals that the excesses of representation alter the "effect" of gender as a technology

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Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, CulturesUniversity of Winnipeg

Published: Jul 14, 2011

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