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  1. ValeskaSuratt I believe, in terms of our modern thinking, and our need to classify things as we do in botany, you are right. The sissy and gay male are different. A sissy's chief characteristic is effeminacy, and that is independent of sexual orientation. Nowadays we have created terms like metrosexual to refine this distinction. Gay, however, seems purely understood to refer to people who are same-sex oriented – they may or may not have effeminate characteristics. This need to polish our understanding of homosexuality and create new definitions simply reflects the process of how we refine this understanding as it is revealed over time. Moreover, that need to polish is how fifty terms for "gay"at the turn of the century have grown to over a thousand now – for good or bad. Historically speaking though, back when things weren't so well defined, sissy did mean what we now call gay. In fact, the very first use of "sissy" in print was levelled at Oscar Wilde. The first use of its prototype "sister" was levelled at John S. Fiske. Both men were homosexuals. In point of fact, the first use of fagot in print was defined using sissy: 1914 JACKSON & HELLYER, A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang, p30, s.v. Drag, Example: 'All the fagots (sissies) will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight.' So, to understand the Adam's Rib sissy, one can look back and see that he quite neatly fits into the cultural portrayals that precede him. Historically speaking, the idea that effeminate men adore women had existed since at least the late 19th century. One of Oscar Wilde's enduring legacies is his famous adoration of Lilly Langtry cemented in the public mind by George du Maurier's cartoon of him where he stares thoughtfully into a vase of lilies. I have several examples from the turn of the century where the defining characteristic of the Mollycoddle, Masher, and "Ladies' man" is not only their effeminacy, but their inability to do anything more than gaze at women. They can never consummate their affection. This hints at a sort of third sex status, meaning effete or unable to reproduce physically, which of course was also the telltale sign of the homosexual. One vinegar valentine states, "Don't try to be a masher, and stand on street corners to ogle girls. Be a man."
  2. Don't forget The Changing Room: sex, drag and theatre by Laurrence Senelick -it's still the standard reference.
  3. Actually I choose "Bareback Mountain" specifically because it was a favorite derivative used by Rush Limbaugh among others.
  4. Yes, I am familiar with George Chauncey's work. In fact, my research arose out of the desire to correct and expand upon his efforts amongst others. My particular focus is finding the origins of cultural symbols for the homosexual -how it is that we come to recognize them in images, words and music. Sure, we know what a limp wrist means, but why? We hear a word like pansy and expect a gay man not a flower. Why do they come with a particular wardrobe and set accessories like a wristwatch or red tie? Getting some answers reveals how language and pictures act as artifacts of culture. For example, you can date many images of an effeminate man sporting a watch as pre-WWI because they were standardized for timing manoeuvres by the soldiers and hence lost the associated effeminacy. In this way, studying the **** signifier tells us about how practical utility can undo stereotypes in the larger culture -that's important to know. Similarly, you can clearly see how media messages attacking mannish women before WW1 disappear as female labourers were required for the war effort. Women were granted the vote shortly after. Media like film not only have the ability to perpetuate stereotypes but also to make them. In fact, I cut a category my list specific to movies that themselves created iconic gay references. Many people still remember "Squeal like a piggy" from Deliverance as shorthand for male rape. A recent neologism like "having a Bareback Mountain moment" stands-in for a homosexual relationship between two non-effeminate men. As society evolves, word vacuums get created and filled by shared cultural events. These are the things that I look for and document.
  5. Thanks for the support Kingrat. The inspiration for this list was simply my wish to build upon Vito Russo and Richard Barrio's work. That is to say, to continue adding to the awareness of films that feature LGBT elements. I run a weekly classic film night so it is easy for me to review and note these things. In addition, I'm also in the middle of a multi-year historical research project which means reading a lot of old newpapers. As a result, I come across many references that use the language of the day to discuss such things. For example, I became of aware of my early choices by simply reading. 1909-07-17 Variety -p34 From the print advertisement for the movie, The Renunciation: Joe, however, picks up a photograph of he and Sam as boyhood chums, and. being a dead shot, softens and feels he cannot kill his comrade even for the sake of the girl, so decides to renounce his claim to Kittie's attention; but Sam enters threateningly, and a bowie knife contest occurs, which would have resulted in a fatality had not Kittie entered and introduced her choice--the most effeminate, namby-pamby dude one has ever gazed upon. One look is enough, and the chums exclaim in disgust, "Well, I'll be -------," but they were ladies present. 1916-04-03 New York Times From a movie review: The handkerchief-in-sleeve young man who walks with one hand on his hip while he waves the other has reached the funny films. He has been a subject for mirth in musical comedy for several years, but he did not appear on the screen till yesterday, when he was seen in the comedy picture shown at the Knickerbocker [His Wife's Mistake]. The effeminate youth was polishing his nails as the elevator bore him and Roscoe Arbuckle aloft, and when Arbuckle saw his companion he removed his hat. In this way, I best avoid "interpretating" old movies with a modern bias because I follow the explicit understanding of those days.
  6. @Swithin Thanks for the suggestions. The list was not intended be comprehensive as I had twice the amount of themes to offer but edited it down to a manageable number. I just thought it might be fun to offer a few themes to choose from. Folks can choose to view on their own. As for love stories sans angst and discrimination, I think you'll find that in the last theme.
  7. Hey folks! It's been a few years since TCM did the "Screened Out" LGBT fest so I thought I'd come up with a list of films for a new one. I start with a night of firsts then build each night around a particular stereoype and finally end with a night that undoes them all. "First Cut" - movies that left a mark. 1909 The Renunciation - Billy Quirk plays one of the earliest effeminates in film. 1916 The Isle of Love - Julian Eltinge shows his female impersonation skills. 1919 Anders als die Andern (aka, Different From The Others) - first film with homosexuality as theme. 1933 The Little Giant - Edward G. Robinson has the first pejorative use of **** in a movie. 1933 Arizona to Broadway - Gene Malin in drag in the only film he wasn't cut from. 1933 Soda Squirt - A cartoon that featured the most extreme pansy character. 1965 Winter Kept Us Warm - first Canadian gay film. "Hi-Fie Nance" - sissies at full volume. 1916 His Wife's Mistakes - Roscoe Arbuckle has an encounter with an effeminate youth. 1925 Crimson Runner - Taylor Holmes plays nance butler. 1925 New Toys - Clifton Webb plays nance director. 1926 Midnight Lovers - John Roche plays nance interior decorator 1926 Irene - George K. Arthur as Madame Lucy 1929 A Crazy Nut - Franklin Pangborn plays nance husband. 1930 Loose Ends - Gerard Lyley as Cyril Gayling 1933 Wine, Women and Song - Bobby Watson as Lawrence. "He Does His Best Work From Behind" - valets and ladysitters 1935 Bright Lights - Arthur Treacher gets ribbed as effeminate by Joe. E Brown. 1936 My Man Godfrey - Mischa Auer plays languid ladysitter Carlos 1961 A Taste of Honey - Pregnant Jo is attended by her best gayfriend Geoffrey. 1962 Five Finger Exercise - Rosalind Russell must choose between her ladysitter Walter and her mollycoddle son . 1963 The Servant - Butler and homeowner spiral into ****-centric circle. 1964 Night of the Iguana - Female chaperone "Dyke" has crush on her ward. "I Love You, Please Leave Me!" - unrequited love 1940 Rebecca - Mrs. Danvers misses her Mrs. 1963 The Haunting - Eleanor think she's found a kindred spirit in Theo. 1964 The Leather Boys - Reggie unwittingly encourages Pete's man crush. 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye -Major Penderton falls for Stables Sergeant. 1968 Rachel, Rachel - Joanne Woodward has a close encounter with her friend. 1968 The Sergeant -Master Sergeant Albert Callan chases his private. "First Murder, Then Brunch" - decadent killers 1959 Compulsion - The story of the Leopold/Loeb murder trial that began the stereotype. 1948 Rope - Hitchcock classic inspired by Leopold and Loeb case. 1951 Strangers on a Train - Mother would not approve of switching . 1968 The Detective - Ever have a fight with a man in silk kimono? 1971 Diamonds are Forever - Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd 1974 Freebie and the Bean - Killer reveals his gay Kung Fu. "Oh! What I Know About You!" - accusations and suspicions 1959 Serious Charge - Vicar Phillips gets threatened with blackmail. 1961 The Children's Hour - A rumour of lesbianism destroys two teachers' lives. 1962 A View from the Bridge - Eddie's jealousy makes him suspicious of the "punk" Rodolpho. 1963 Reach for Glory - The friendship of two boys has them dubbed the "cold cream squad." 1964 The Best Man - Presidential candidate is threatened with exposure of homosexual past. "Identity Crisis" - adolescent anxiety 1951 Olivia aka Pit of Loneliness - Rarely seen boarding school film with Olivia falling for the headmistress Mlle. Julie. 1964 Les Amitiés Particulières (aka, This Special Friendship) - Romance in a Catholic boys school. 1970 Roll on Four O’clock - Student Peter faces discrimination from students and teachers. 1972 A Separate Peace - One boy's infatuation on another turns severe. 1976 Ode to Billy Joe - Surprise turn explains Billy Joe's fateful jump from the bridge. 1977 Equus - Sublimated homosexual teenage patient and doctor get treatment.. "Strangers With Candy" - the people mother warned you about. 1956 The Spanish Gardener - Jose bonds with a closeted diplomat's son. 1968 The Killing of Sister George - The girlish Childie is fought over by two mature women. 1974 Montreal Main - Photographer Frank becomes focused on younger Johnny. 1988 Clay Farmers - Ranch hands get accused of corrupting youth by lying around in nature. 1992 Voor een Verloren Soldaat (aka, For a Lost Soldier) - A young boy becomes infatuated with a Canadian soldier during WWII. 1992 The Boys of St. Vincent - Based a true story of boys in a Newfoundland orphanage. "Conversion Therapy" - straightening out the gays. 1926 The Clinging Vine - A mannish women undergoes a transformation into a flower.. 1946 Gilda - Rita Hayworth's hotness turns a man from his male protector. 1947 Desert Fury - A man crush goes sour when a dame hits the scene. 1957 Anders Als du Und Ich (aka, The Third Sex) - Parents hire a girl to turn their son normal. 1967 The Fox - Keir Dullea's wiles lure a women from her same sex pastoral ideal. 1978 A Different Story - A lavender marriage makes a lesbian and a gay man straight. "Against the Grain" - films that defied types. 1948 Sitting Pretty - Mr. Belvedere saves the day and is the envy of all - no suicide required! 1954 Johnny Guitar - Masculine women, feminine men, which is the rooster, which is the hen? 1970 The Christine Jorgensen Story - A transsexual experience that doesn't become comic parody. 1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday - Finally, a sane bisexual!. 1972 That Certain Summer - A homosexual couple like any other couple. 1973 A Reflection of Fear - A transgender surprise. 1975 The Naked Civil Servant - Positive portrayal of Quentin Crisp. 1977 Outrageous! - A drag artist minus martini and Virginia Slim cigarette. 1983 Accounts - A gay farm kid who isn't bothered by it.
  8. Thanks for taking the time to reply. The toughest challenge is striking the balance between quality, availability, educational value, inclusion and choosing films people probably have not seen before but would want to. It's difficult to be completest too. For example, I'd love to see the first American gay subject film, Children of Loneliness, because of its historical importance but its a lost film and all I have are 4 promotional stills. I think what I'll do is refine my structure and post it next week.
  9. It's been years since the Screened Out festival on TCM. I've worked out a pretty decent lineup of movies around LGBT themes but where to suggest it?
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