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Possess me: consuming desires in the sex comedy

Kathrina Glitre

in Hollywood Romantic Comedy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719070785
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.003.0026
Possess me: consuming desires in the sex comedy

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This chapter explores the concerns and interests of the sex comedy film. There are several films that repeatedly acknowledge the sexual commodification of women. Most critics have recognised female virginity as the cycle's thematic core, but very few have engaged with the economic and cultural dimensions. It is also important to emphasise the extraordinary status of the heroine in the sex comedy. While few sex comedies are explicit in drawing attention to the heroine's virginity, most do single her out as different from other women. While the sentiments of the woman construct her as the object to be consumed, the sex comedy does not exclusively gender this relationship as male consumer, female object. Furthermore, the contradiction between male and female desires in the sex comedy exaggerates sexual difference to such an extent that it may seem that the couple are wholly incompatible. However, these desires are shaped by cultural ideology.

Keywords: sex comedy; virginity; heroine; sexual difference; female desire; cultural ideology

Chapter.  10180 words. 

Subjects: Film

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