Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: Sexism?
From: (Ann Hodgins)
Date: 1991-01-18, 09:35

In article <87707001@bfmny0.BFM.COM> tneff@bfmny0.BFM.COM (Tom Neff) writes:
> >In article <> (Ann Hodgins) writes:
>> >>I've been trying to figure out why some people think that
>> >>Lynch's work, Twin Peaks in particular, is sexist.
> >
>> >>Male characters predominate, but that is fair enough I think for
>> >>a cop show with a 50's feel.  
> >

> >What this overlooks it that it is a CHOICE on the creators' part to go
> >for that "50's feel," including any potentially sexist subtext.
> >
> >The inescapable fact is that almost everything in TWIN PEAKS reinforces
> >traditional sex roles and attitudes.  The girls may skulk around at
> >night hunting for clues, but when the school bell rings they're demure
> >bobbysoxers gushing over cute guys once again.  Tough, laconic men tote
> >the guns, ride the Harleys, pump the gas and fix the engines.  Strong
> >women are scheming bitches.  Bad women are slit-skirted hussies.
> >Mothers are mostly submissive housewives if they're not actually
> >drugged, crippled, zombied or worse.  Women kill with sex! but are
> >themselves raped, beaten and tortured to death, while the men mostly go
> >out in a blaze of gunfire or flashing knives.  
> >
            This response was so good I decided to include the entire
thing with my reply which is that many people in my life have
argued that TP is sexist but this is the first time the argument has been
made strongly enough to make me reconsider.  I'm still not convinced
that TP is sexist but I have some thinking to do.