Cross-Dressing, Gender-Bending, and Sexual Orientation

Lisa Odham Stokes

in Peter Ho-Sun Chan's

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099708
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207257 | DOI:
Cross-Dressing, Gender-Bending, and Sexual Orientation

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The comedy in the film depends on character, situation, characterization, and structure. Gerald Mast notes that the comic movie says something about the relationship between society and humans. Particularly, he points out that the film focuses on how the comic character chooses to change his ways so that he would be complying with society's expectations, or that he exhibits anti-social behavior, since such is perceived superior to the norms accepted in society. Although Mast shows this concept as an either/or circumstance, Chan's film presents both ways and illustrates heteronormative values. The movie highlights a number of various sexual-orientation and gender issues, such as the differences and similarities of genders, the construction and deconstruction of gender, and other such matters.

Keywords: Gerald Mast; sexual orientation; society; heteronormative values; gender

Chapter.  8684 words. 

Subjects: Film

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