Friday, May 28, 2004

But what about South Park? 

Only in academia can someone write something like this and be taken serioiusly.
The freakshow mentality of 'Sex and the City' ends up being neither a post-feminist nor post-gay interrogation of privileged white male heterosexuality--despite the depiction of members of this group as freaks--but a reification of the very privileged status of the category. It is the women themselves, shakily stuck in their haunted liminal position between representing both 'real' women and gay men, who are ultimately revealed as the chief freaks.
The rest of James Bowman's essay on what has happened to cultural criticism is worth your time this weekend.