My name is Emma. This is my feminism.

My Bloody Valentine – 2009

on February 23, 2012

*Spoiler Alert!*

Unfortunately, I kinda love horror movies.  Hard to do as a feminist, but I can’t help it.  In terms of the awful sexism and objectification of women’s bodies that horror movies are usually full of, My Bloody Valentine isn’t too bad.  There was one scene where a naked woman was killed after having sex, but a LOT of people were killed in that movie, so as a percentage, it wasn’t bad.  One point (that I forgot to write about) that Tough Guise makes is that men are conditioned to associate hot naked women with violence.  We see it over and over in horror movies – hot woman, sexual situation, horrible bloody murder.  It’s a little terrifying when you think about it.

What I liked about this movie in terms of gender was that Tom was clearly extremely fucked up by his experience with Harry Warden.  He didn’t just get up after he was almost killed and walk away unaffected.  He left for 10 years, and was very clearly affected by what happened for that whole time.  It also recognizes that men can have a mental illness (although it is not very sympathetic of it… but it’s just a horror movie after all), which is something that we do not like to talk about in our society.  We like to pretend that men are unaffected by trauma, which obviously causes problems for men who experience it.

This movie wasn’t perfect, but horror movies are usually so horrifyingly sexist, racist, misogynistic, exploitative, etc. that in comparison, this was actually pretty good.  Also, Tom is super dreamy.  🙂


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