By Casey Ryan Kelly
From the viewpoint of cultural conservatives, Hollywood videos are cesspools of vice, exposing impressionable audience to pernicious sexually-permissive messages. providing a groundbreaking examine of Hollywood motion pictures produced considering that 2000, Abstinence Cinema involves a truly varied end, discovering echoes of the evangelical movement’s abstinence-only rhetoric in every little thing from effortless A to Taken.
Casey Ryan Kelly tracks the amazing sex-negative flip that Hollywood motion pictures 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 rather disempowering for younger women, concocting plots within which the choice to chorus from intercourse till marriage is the younger woman’s fundamental resource of corporation and arbiter of ethical worthy. finding those regressive sexual politics not just in anticipated websites, just like the Twilight motion pictures, yet dazzling 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 contemporary years.
Abstinence Cinema bargains shut readings of flicks from a large spectrum of genres, and it places those movies into dialog with rhetoric that has emerged in different arenas of yankee tradition. tough assumptions that we live in a extra liberated period, the booklet sounds a caution bell concerning the robust cultural forces that search to demonize sexuality and curtail woman sexual enterprise.
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Extra resources for Abstinence Cinema Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film
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).
In the films, abstaining until marriage ensures that sex is safe, morally appropriate, and pleasurable. Similar to the rhetoric of abstinence advocates, great sex and a supportive family are compensation for delaying sex and choosing monogamy. This point is accentuated by the films’ embrace of the myth of the perfect “first time” for women. Despite the violence of their first encounter, Bella insists that the experience could not have been any better for her, or for anyone, for that matter. Here the film resolves the problem of repressed desire by authorizing female gratification under the guidance of a protective husband.
The treacherous nature of Bella and Edward’s romance suggests that even when they are painful, self- restraint and abstinence until marriage are the only tried and true method for asserting control over sexual passion. And while pain is sutured to romance, it pales in comparison with the suffering that is unleashed when individuals succumb to their desires. Throughout the films, pain frequently accompanies desire as a reminder that indulgence or “losing control” ensures disorder and suffering.
Abstinence Cinema Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film by Casey Ryan Kelly