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Straight disasters: the (hetero)sexual geographies of Hollywood disaster movies

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Since the silent era, Hollywood has maintained a particular fascination with disasters. Up on the screen buildings collapse, volcanoes erupt and tornadoes destroy all in their path. This article investigates the Hollywood disaster genre for its depiction of sexual and gender identities. Researchers increasingly recognise the significance of sexuality and gender in how ‘real-world’ disasters are experienced. Social marginality linked to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) identities has specific consequences within the social impacts of a disaster. In Hollywood disaster films, LGBT identities are almost entirely absent. This does not mean, however, that sexuality is positioned as irrelevant to the disaster experience as represented by Hollywood. Instead, these films valorise and naturalise a particular vision of heterosexuality and represent disasters as mechanisms for the creation of heterosexual space.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. (2017). Straight disasters: the (hetero)sexual geographies of Hollywood disaster movies. GeoJournal: an international journal on human geography and environmental sciences, 82 (3), 503-515.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84956866741

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3341

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 503

End Page


  • 515

Volume


  • 82

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • Since the silent era, Hollywood has maintained a particular fascination with disasters. Up on the screen buildings collapse, volcanoes erupt and tornadoes destroy all in their path. This article investigates the Hollywood disaster genre for its depiction of sexual and gender identities. Researchers increasingly recognise the significance of sexuality and gender in how ‘real-world’ disasters are experienced. Social marginality linked to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) identities has specific consequences within the social impacts of a disaster. In Hollywood disaster films, LGBT identities are almost entirely absent. This does not mean, however, that sexuality is positioned as irrelevant to the disaster experience as represented by Hollywood. Instead, these films valorise and naturalise a particular vision of heterosexuality and represent disasters as mechanisms for the creation of heterosexual space.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. (2017). Straight disasters: the (hetero)sexual geographies of Hollywood disaster movies. GeoJournal: an international journal on human geography and environmental sciences, 82 (3), 503-515.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84956866741

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3341

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 503

End Page


  • 515

Volume


  • 82

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands