You Must Be Shitting Me

Masculinity and the Displacement of Disgust in Assholes

in Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities
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Maude Riverin John Abbott College, Canada maude.riverin@johnabbott.qc.ca

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Abstract

This article explores the gendered construction of disgust, and analyzes how it plays out in Peter Vack's 2017 directorial-debut Assholes. Based on feminist and queer scholarship on abjection, disgust, and the social construction of bodies and sexualities, this article aims to delve into how Assholes frames the relationship between disgust and masculinity, as it shifts how gendered bodily boundaries are played onscreen. The movie's un-shaming of women's bodily functions and fluids directly impacts its representation of disgust and masculinity; it destabilizes the discourses that have framed normative—white, heterosexual, and able-bodied—masculinity as non-disgusting; and it establishes that normative male bodies can, too, become abject.

Contributor Notes

Maude Riverin is an Instructor in the Humanities Department at John Abbott College in Montreal, where she teaches film and feminist studies. She is also currently completing a PhD in communication studies at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the patriarchal, heteronormative, and colonial conceptions of genre cinema, cinematic aesthetics, and women's bodies. Email: maude.riverin@johnabbott.qc.ca

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