Paper on Gender and Sexuality

This paper will discuss gender and sexuality issues in three movies that were shown in class, namely: Grace, Voice and May. The similarities and differences among the three movies will be discussed using comparative analysis. These three movies were chosen among all the other horror movies that were shown in class because they all illustrated, at one point or another, the topic of homosexuality or same sex relationships.

First, Grace clearly depicted the topic of homosexuality through their characters. The mid-wife was most prominent lesbian in the movie because she made known her interest and affection for Grace’s mother. In addition, it was implied in the movie that Grace’s mother had a past romantic relationship with the midwife. Also, towards the end of the movie, Grace ended up in the care of the midwife and her female partner. The entire movie actually has a strong feministic theme, tackling not only lesbianism but also motherhood. Furthermore, the movie also shows female power through their characters, that the women in the movie were highlighted and depicted as dominant to the men in the movie.

Second, while the abovementioned movie provided a clear message about lesbianism, Voice portrayed the topic a bit differently and in a different cultural context. To be clear, this analysis of Voice is subjective and may not be what the movie is actually about. This movie revolves around a pair of best friends studying in an all-girl high school. One of the girls is victimized and killed by the resident spirit, and the ghost of the girl haunts and clings to the best friend in a desperate attempt to be normal and to find out the cause and motive of her death. The aspect of their relationship that is relevant to this paper is the fact that it illustrates the possessive and somewhat homosexual relationship that is familiar in Asian private school culture.

Last, May tackles the topic of homosexuality in relation to another social issue, unlike the first two movies. In the movie, the main character considers having a relationship with another girl only after the guy she liked rejected her. In addition, she opened herself to her female co-worker because said co-worker was one of the few people who were ever genuinely nice to her. In other words, May discusses the possibility of homosexuality as a result of a larger social issue, specifically, bullying and ostracism.

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