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November 1995, Week 3


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Connie Shortes <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 19 Nov 1995 12:33:38 -0600
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I am researching the historical reception of "mainstream" films which
include representations of S&M culture, for example, *Cruising.* One of the
things I (and others) have noticed in the reviews and press surrounding this
film is the way it ignores the existence of a heterosexual S&M culture and
the way the opposition to this film was almost completely occupied by
middle-class gays and lesbians who wanted to distance themselves from S&M in
a bid to protect their only recently legitimated identity.  In all of this,
the voices of S&M practitioners, both straight and gay, seem to have been
silenced, which is ironic since it would seem that they, too, would have a
stake in their filmic representation.  I do not, however, have access to S&M
magazines or gay porn journals published at the time that might have
included commentary on the film, and I wonder if anyone is aware of the
titles of such magazines or newspapers that would have existed at this time
and any information as to where I might find them.
Screen-L members may reply to me directly if you would like.
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Thanks in advance,
Connie Shortes
University of Texas at Austin
Dept of Radio-Television-Film
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