The Point of No Return: On Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Laura Mulvey’s Male Gaze

This essay explores the relationship between Russ Meyer’s masterpiece Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Laura Mulvey’s theory of the Male Gaze. While the film aligns with some basic elements of the Male Gaze, it simultaneously strays from it through the presence of active, powerful and violent female characters who exert power and control over men. This contradictory relationship with the Male Gaze allows the film to function and be examined as a piece of alternative cinema.
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Glen or Glenda and Ed Wood’s Parapraxis Haiku

This piece was one of the strangest assignments I ever had during College; after screening Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda for my Cult Logics class, my professor emailed the class to give us our writing assignment to accompany the film. The assignment was to write a Haiku that said something about Ed Wood, Glen or Glenda and how the film represented his unconscious and thus, functioned as a Parapraxis.
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