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Men, Women, and Chainsaws is White Feminism

· Freaks Zine,White feminism,Disability justice,Horror movies,Disabled artist

I’ve been working my way through Carol J. Clover’s Men, Women, and Chainsaws as part of my research for Freaks Zine. A lot of the content is definitely through a binary-gender lense, but the biggest issue that I’ve had so far is that I don’t think she’s talked about race in horror movies….like at all? I’m a little more than ¾ of the way through the book so maybe she does talk about it later. But the preservation/destruction of white femininity in horror movies is such a touchstone of the genre that to not talk about it feels like sloppy work, not to mention peak white feminism. ⠀
Also, not gonna lie, it feels like disability in horror movies isn't really discussed. How can you write a book about horror movies and neglect to talk about disability when all of the villains are disabled?⠀
Definitely learning a lot but also...yikes. White cis women need to do better on so many levels. If people have any better resources on critical analyses of horror media let me know.

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