Abstinence Cinema Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual by Casey Ryan Kelly

By Casey Ryan Kelly

From the viewpoint of cultural conservatives, Hollywood videos are cesspools of vice, exposing impressionable audience to pernicious sexually-permissive messages. delivering a groundbreaking examine of Hollywood movies produced considering 2000, Abstinence Cinema involves a really diverse end, discovering echoes of the evangelical movement’s abstinence-only rhetoric in every thing from effortless A to Taken.

Casey Ryan Kelly tracks the astounding sex-negative flip that Hollywood movies have taken, associating premarital intercourse with disgrace and degradation, whereas romanticizing conventional nuclear households, courtship rituals, and gender roles. As he demonstrates, those videos are really disempowering for younger women, concocting plots during which the choice to chorus from intercourse until eventually marriage is the younger woman’s fundamental resource of business enterprise and arbiter of ethical worthy. finding those regressive sexual politics not just in anticipated websites, just like the Twilight motion pictures, yet incredible ones, just like the raunchy comedies of Judd Apatow, Kelly makes a compelling case that Hollywood motion pictures have taken an important step backward in fresh years.

Abstinence Cinema bargains shut readings of films from a large spectrum of genres, and it places those motion pictures into dialog with rhetoric that has emerged in different arenas of yankee tradition. hard assumptions that we live in a extra liberated period, the ebook sounds a caution bell concerning the strong cultural forces that search to demonize sexuality and curtail woman sexual supplier.

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In Carlisle’s opulent glass home, Edward and his vampire siblings learn to control their thirst and peacefully coexist with humans. The open and transparent homestead symbolizes that these vampires have nothing to hide, unlike the Gothic vampires who lived in the shadows and slept in coffins.

But Bella and Edward’s relationship produces two significant tensions that drive the narrative forward. First, Bella’s essential human traits are a constant liability to both herself and the Cullen family. For vampires, Bella is an inexplicably unique specimen. Unlike other humans, Bella’s blood is intoxicating. Thus, bringing her into contact with other, less refined vampires is a unique risk to her safety and to the Cullen family. While the easy solution would be to “turn” Bella, Edward finds the corruption of her soul and virtue to be a selfish and unacceptable outcome.

INTRODUCTION: THE CINEMA OF ABSTINENCE 23 Chapter 5, “Sexploitation in Abstinence Satires,” explores the meaning of virginity as articulated in the 2000s revival of the teen sex adventure and its low-­budget knock-­offs. This chapter looks at what I call “virginsploitation” films, including exploitative Hollywood features such as Superbad (2007) and Easy A (2010), which I contrast with a shadow low-­budget industry that spoofs cinematic anxieties about virginity in films such as American Virgin (2000; 2009), I Am Virgin (2010), and 18-­Year-­Old Virgin (2012).

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