Boys Don't Cry and female masculinity: reclaiming a life & dismantling the politics of normative heterosexuality

  title={Boys Don't Cry and female masculinity: reclaiming a life \& dismantling the politics of normative heterosexuality},
  author={Brenda Cooper},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={44 - 63}
  • B. Cooper
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Art
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
–This analysis argues that Kimberly Peirce's film Boys Don't Cry can be read as a liberatory narrative that queers the centers of heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity by privileging female masculinity and celebrating its differences from heterosexual norms. My critique emphasizes how the narrative strategically challenges heteronormativity and, in turn, “narrative's heteroideology” (Roof, 1996), in four ways: 1) by dismantling the myth of “America's heartland”; 2) by problematizing… 

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