Girls In The Back Room: Looking At The Lesbian Bar

Girls In The Back Room: Looking At The Lesbian Bar

Kelly Hankin

The lesbian bar has lengthy been obvious as a mysterious position, steeped in mythologies of clandestine conferences and sexuality that's eye-catching since it is wayward and sinful. within the women within the again Room, Kelly Hankin specializes in the lesbian bar, how it is portrayed in such movies as cunning Brown, The Killing of Sister George, simple intuition, sure, and Chasing Amy; in tv sequence just like the Simpsons, Xena: Warrior Princess, Roseanne, Ellen, and intercourse and the town; and in self sustaining, lesbian-produced documentaries.

Hankin examines the lesbian bar via a attention of the methods its illustration in pop culture either oppresses and nourishes lesbian cultures. In renowned advertisement leisure, she unearths, the view of the lesbian bar as a personal house should you perform aberrant sexuality implicitly reinforces heterosexual spatial and social privilege. via her in-depth historical past of the construction of 1968's The Killing of Sister George and the deception thinking about director Robert Aldrich's use of a true lesbian bar and its consumers, for instance, Hankin uncovers the heterosexist preconceptions in proof on each side of the digital camera. She argues that lesbian-produced works successfully problem this paradigm, articulating and confirming optimistic visions of lesbian public lifestyles and id. the ladies within the again Room presents an interesting historic and theoretical research of the visible lesbian bar as a revelatory intersection of gender, sexuality, and house.

Kelly Hankin is an assistant professor of English at outdated Dominion University.

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