Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Masculinity in Saturday Night Fever

I recently rewatched Saturday Night Fever because it became it available on Netflix and it was listed in Ebert's "Great Movies II" essays. I was struck by how dichotomous the concepts of masculinity are in the film. On the one hand, the title character is a high-heel wearing, looks obsessed, preening disco dancer. On the other, he is a misogynistic, gay bashing, working class prototype of the man box.

Most people remember the film for its soundtrack and dancing. But it is worth watching to see how pop culture affects concepts like masculinity at any given time. It is available on Netflix.

Here is a trailer- Saturday Night Fever

Here is a link to an article discussing the masculinity of it- Saturday Night Fever and the Social Construct of Masculinity

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