Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Women who are men

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 05 Jul 2006

Channing wrote:

However, when Mike Hammer is both A) Allegedly one of New York's finest detectives, and B) Allegedly one of New York's biggest studs, the fact that he mistakes a
"hot dame" with a "killer body" for a dude elicits only derision and disbelief. It is an utterly stupid twist in the context of that particular book. And it is simultaneously both obnoxiously homophobic and sexist as Hammer gleefully blows the offending transvestite away. Sure it may reflect some of the 1950's paranoia towards women, but read from the modern viewpoint it's insulting.

*************** I'd have to disagree with you on two points here. First, I don't think it unreasonable that a female impersonator could fool Hammer. I mean, did you see
"The Crying Game" that you mention? He looked pretty damned good to me. Not that I would... oh, forget it.

I also don't see the plot as "obnoxiously" homophobic or sexist. I don't even know what gender it would be sexist towards. The killer is a guy, right? Is it sexist towards men?


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