SCREEN ANARCHY: SXSW 2023 Review: BLOODY HELL, What Even Is a 'Normal' Body?
March 21, 2023
"A woman's body is a battleground: not for her, necessarily (though it can be), but more for a society that wants to keep women narrowly confined and strictly controlled. From the moment that the patriarchy decides that it is convenient for them to do so, a woman's body is sexualized - and we are both forced to adhere to this sexualization and condemned for it. And certainly male bodies are scrutinized as well, though not to the same extent and violence. Perhaps more suffice to say, how the human body develops in relation to sex (a large range as we learn more about it) and gender (a social construct) is so various that to narrowly define humans in binary categories is almost laughable. If a woman is only defined by certain physical characteristics and functions, if those are incomplete, cease, or are removed, is she no longer a woman?"