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Hollywood Romantic ComedyStates of the Union, 1934-65$
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Kathrina Glitre

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070785

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.001.0001

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Possess me: consuming desires in the sex comedy

Possess me: consuming desires in the sex comedy

(p.137) 6 Possess me: consuming desires in the sex comedy
Hollywood Romantic Comedy

Kathrina Glitre

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the concerns and interests of the sex comedy film. There are several films that repeatedly acknowledge the sexual commodification of women. Most critics have recognised female virginity as the cycle's thematic core, but very few have engaged with the economic and cultural dimensions. It is also important to emphasise the extraordinary status of the heroine in the sex comedy. While few sex comedies are explicit in drawing attention to the heroine's virginity, most do single her out as different from other women. While the sentiments of the woman construct her as the object to be consumed, the sex comedy does not exclusively gender this relationship as male consumer, female object. Furthermore, the contradiction between male and female desires in the sex comedy exaggerates sexual difference to such an extent that it may seem that the couple are wholly incompatible. However, these desires are shaped by cultural ideology.

Keywords:   sex comedy, virginity, heroine, sexual difference, female desire, cultural ideology

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