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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

watch it: “The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time” (so NSFW)


Alison Nastasi at Cinematical, where I found this, says that Harry Hanrahan has here gathered “some of cinema’s funniest and most profane put-downs.” So, if these are the greatest insults in movie history — and perhaps they are; perhaps they are — it’s distressing to see how many of them are gendered. How is a threat of rape an “insult”? Because it makes a man less of a man? How is a suggestion that a man had sex with another man’s mother an “insult”? Because it damages a man’s property by befouling one of the women who belong to him?

There are a lot of very clever insults here that manage to be, you know, deeply insulting without focusing on the implication that someone’s gender or sexuality is somehow wrong, or belongs to someone else. Only in a culture in which hetereosexual men are considered the norm and everyone else is considered deviant is this possible.



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