Film Analysis: Boys Don T Cry

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‘’I just keep on laughing
Hiding the tears in my eyes
Because boys don’t cry.
Boys don’t cry.’’ [Smith, Tolhurst, & Dempsey, 1988]

One could describe womanhood as a set of common experiences, although they might have varying lives, different levels of privileges and expectations of identity and gender performativity but oppression by the patriarchy is the only common thing that levels out all of their lives.

“Trans-gendering refers to the idea of moving across (transferring) from one preexisting gender category to the other (either temporarily or permanently), to the idea of living in between genders, and to the idea of transcending or living ‘beyond gender’ altogether.’’ It is a social process that doesn’t focus on types of people, they go against the societal norms where males suspend or renounce their masculinity while females embrace it. Their act of shunning away the
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It presents a sympathetic narration of the trans individual and offers the challenge to do away with societal boundaries and confront the issues related to sexuality and gender. It shows how the dominant ideologies related with masculinity makes sure that the power is reinforced in the hands of the heterosexual men over women, homosexuals and transsexuals. Brandon was deemed as an outsider by the society and as a result, he became the target of social punishment. Brutal hate crimes are committed against the LGBTQs, Brandon’s was the first hate crime against the trans genders that caught large media attention, it was not the last though, like the murders of other transgendered persons, Baretta Williams and Rita Hester by male attackers. A male to female transgendered person, Rita, was stabbed almost 20 times by male attackers in her apartment while Baretta Williams was tied, battered and shot 16 times, less than a year after Rita Hester was
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