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Gender Bashing: What it Means to Be a Man in DOG SOLDIERS

Dog Soldiers is feminist. Hear me out. In his 2002 horror film, writer-director Neil Marshall (who is currently helming the Hellboy reboot) has men dealing with their identities in the most masculine of realms, the primitive woods. Over the course of the movie’s 105-minute runtime, a ho-hum military exercise turns into a balls-to-the-wall fight wherein…

“Something’s Wrong, Like More Than You Being Female”: Transgressive Sexuality and Discourses of Reproduction in Ginger Snaps

BRIGITTE. Ging, what’s going on? Something’s wrong, like more than you being just female. Can you say something please? GINGER. I can’t have a hairy chest, B, that’s fucked. BRIGITTE. Bitten on a full moon, now you’re hairy. GINGER. Well, thank you for taking my total fucking nightmare so seriously. Oh shit, what if I’m…

Curse of the Cat Women: The Trope of the Werecat

Although nowhere nearly as extensively mythologized as werewolves, werecats have been a major part of folklore across the globe. Many are familiar with the Egyptian deities Bast and Sekhmet, sun protector gods that over time transformed from one being to two, with Sekhmet’s followers emphasizing the warrior and Bast’s focusing on healing and protective capabilities. Both…

Ranking the Sexiest Werewolves on Television

What is it about werewolves that makes them so damn seductive? Maybe it’s the tortured soul angle. Maybe it’s the sense that they’re one full moon (or not, depending on the lore) from ripping you apart — but like, in a spicy, fun way. Actually, you know what? It’s probably a combination of the uncontrollable…