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October 1996, Week 5


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Auden Ledahl <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 14:29:58 -0500
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Dear Screen-L Folks,
   I'm thinking about exploring comedies in which one or more central
characters participate in transgenderism, transsexuality, and/or simple
crossdressing and gender role reversal. These activities could be either
temporary or could last throughout the duration of the film. Titles that have
already come to my mind are:
'Some Like it Hot'
'Bringing Up Baby'  (Gable in the slippers & bathrobe)
Charlie Chaplin's 'City Lights' (Tramp's feminine behavior in boxing hall)
'La Cage..'
'To Wong Fu..'
   Can any of you suggest other film comedy titles that either feature or
touch on transgenderism, role reversal, or simple crossdressing? Keeping in
mind that transsexuality/genderism isn't necessarily gay; would queer theory
explore trans issues, or is it primarily concerned with homosexuality?
   Thank you for your time and efforts.
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