(Dis)Identification in “Paris Is Burning”

In the film Paris Is Burning, director Jennie Livingston immerses herself in black and latino queer culture in New York City in the mid-to-late ‘80s in order to document the developing drag scene of this time. The piece includes portraits of elegance, energy, and community, characteristics that define this style of performance. Paris Is Burning […]

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Intersectional Space in Kiki (Jordenö, 2017)
Intersectionality Kiki

This trailer relates most to Kimberle Crenshaw’s article on intersectionality in American culture. The video, and the film it presents, follows members of the Kiki scene, a safe haven of performance and self-expression for LGBTQ youth-of-color in Harlem. While it is possible to analyze the people the film presents by one distinct aspect of their identity, sexuality alone […]

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Intersectionality in Bend it Like Beckham

This clip relates to Kimberle Crenshaw’s article on intersectionality in American culture. In this clip, Jess, the young Punjabi Sikh soccer aficionado gets a talking to from her parents for violating religious, cultural, and gender norms. For this movie, a white feminist interpretation is not sufficient. While one might try to analyze Jess’s religiously and […]

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