The Devil makes White girls do backbends: 150 words on horror films

The Devil makes White girls do backbends:150 words on horror films

The more a woman’s body is contorted into a spine-breaking backbend, the more “scary” that horror movie is. Why is it that The Devil only inhabits young, White girls? Because women are devalued in horror films as victims, while men are reserved as the heroes. The erotic element of seeing a woman’s body physically turned into a pretzel too cannot be overlooked because when was the last time you saw a guy curve his back in the throes of passion? The collective, societal fear to which horror films cater as entertainment is harm to youthful, White women. American moviegoers pay money to see adolescent, White women saved from Satan by old, White men. As a woman of color, I guess I should be happy that I don’t require cinematic deliverance from Satan; I do desire redemption from the dominant, patriarchal, capitalist ideology that imbues men only with supernatural, emancipatory powers and upholds White women as the only souls worth saving.

4 thoughts on “The Devil makes White girls do backbends: 150 words on horror films

  1. I just watched Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire- worth a look if you want to see an old guy turned into a pretzel by a young woman!

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