Sunday, November 14, 2010
Transamerica Film Review
Now I have wanted to see this movie since it came out and just never got around to it so I was excited to see it on our film list. In my opinion this was a great movie, and what I liked most about it was it showed all the things Bree had to go through just to be herself, which is something most of us take for granted. She had to take hormones, take voice lessons, wear certain undergarments and undergo therapy and get two doctors signatures just to be able to schedule her surgery. It also showed how difficult it was for her when she finally visited her parents as a woman and how appalled they were at her life choices. In this movie though, which so rarely happens in real life, Bree’s parents were able to kind of come terms with their only son becoming a woman, I think they just missed her being in their lives.
This movie made me think of the two articles in class we read about transgendered individuals, “Just One of the Guys? How Transmen Make Gender Visible at Work” and “The Enemy Within: On Becoming a Straight White Guy”, the only difference being was that those articles were about female-to-male transsexuals and Bree was male-to-female. In Jacob Anderson-Minshell’s article he states that “when he became a man it was like he was suddenly a member of a special club where straight men swapped inside jokes with him and slapped him heartily on the back, they treat him with respect and are willing to see him as an authority”, so it makes you wonder how Bree must’ve felt by becoming a woman and losing all the “privileges” of being a man.
Kimmel, Michael S. and Michael A. Messner Men's Lives. Eighth Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2010
Tarrant, Shira Men Speak Out New York, New York: Routledge, 2008