The Gay Blade Runner

Blimps! Gimps! Simps! Gender-fluid futurism erupts at The Chiseler, direct from Hippfest!


4 Responses to “The Gay Blade Runner”

  1. bensondonald Says:

    Langdon’s “The Chaser” sort of falls into this group. Langdon’s strident and trousered bride forces him into domestic drudgery; he’s so unmanned a repo man makes a pass at him. Then the worm turns and he runs around knocking women out with his kiss (I sort of suspect many of the individual women are meant as parodies of someone contemporary) and finally routes the feminists from his marriage. Walter Kerr surprisingly takes at least some of this one as attempted pathos.

    “Mary Poppins” draws comedy from Glynis Johns’ Votes for Women campaign, but at the same time uses it to forgive her seeming neglect of the children — she IS doing something important, so she’s still lovable.

    The flip I’ve yet to see in any version, comedy or sci fi: A film where all the women are older and funny-looking while all the males are ingenues — a genuine reversal of the usual casting.

  2. There are quite a few dystopias set in all-female futures — but I can’t think of any all-males.

  3. bensondonald Says:

    There are numerous serials and B westerns, from the late 30s on, that are effectively all-male. There may be a solitary “heroine” (efficient secretary, somebody’s daughter, nosy reporter) whose gender is only recognized as a factor making it necessary to go rescue her. The producers are targeting a prepubescent male audience for whom the girl is a reluctantly accepted obligation, usually costumed in an un-enticing manner — and no mushy stuff, except maybe a laugh together at the comedy relief’s lame closing joke.

    The “Flash Gordon” serials — especially the first — stand alone not only for pulchritude, but for characters aware of and interested in sex (hot good girl, hotter and frankly horny bad girl, and sultry female servants to wrangle them at villains’ command). And the jawdroppingly demented “The Lost City” … just see it sometime. But these were early on, when there was some assumption of an older audience.

    The lack of femininity is especially true at the lower budgetary tiers, where you don’t have extras on city streets or even bit players — just the essential good guys and bad guys necessary for chases and fistfights. The serial version of Captain Video has no females in the cast at all, so it’s implied the various planets are lacking gender diversity.

    Of course these aren’t presented as dystopias — just as adventure settings dispensing with everything a ten-year-old boy would regard as superfluous (12 weeks without a shower or change of shorts). A second non-bit female character is rare, and usually a villainess. Children, aside from the occasional annoying kid sidekick, are nearly non-existent.

  4. Well, Flash Gordon was a fairly faithful adaptation of a somewhat kinky comic strip. Incidentally, just discovered via Whistling in Brooklyn that Dale Arden, AKA Jean Rogers, was a really gifted comedian. Who seems to never have been cast in another comedy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: