Nevertheless, she resisted: the body as a site of resistance in "The Autopsy of Jane Doe"

Beddows, Amy (2018) Nevertheless, she resisted: the body as a site of resistance in "The Autopsy of Jane Doe". Salem Horror Festival. pp. 1-2.

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If horror is a medium for exploring political, social, and personal anxieties, it is no surprise that violence against women is a recurrent theme in the genre. Yet portraying misogyny and violence - especially sexual violence - on screen without replicating the messages that perpetuate these complex issues (such as that women’s bodies are objects for male pleasure, or that female sexual agency is deviant), is a tricky line for filmmakers to tread. Women’s bodies are often used as a site for horror, with bloody wounds interspersed with bare skin and sexualised scenarios and the complications of combining terror and titillation are still debated today. However, women’s bodies can also capture the horrific realities of violence and are therefore a site of resistance in film.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: horror films; violence against women; sexual violence; women as victims; The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 790 Recreational & performing arts
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2022 10:22
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 10:29


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