Body Impolitic went to the movies. Specifically, we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory … and so should you.
We have a good deal to say about the movie (and not too much about the fat stereotypes, because we’d be preaching to the choir).
Our detailed comments will come.
Meanwhile, we were thinking about Willy Wonka and gender. You could call Johnny Depp’s Wonka “genderless,” but is that what’s really going on? Or is the character just not typically “masculine,” and do we read that as genderless–or feminine–because the character is known to be male? Or is he “childlike,” not yet set in gender, the same way that a three-year-old is? Or is the audience seeing body and gender stereotypes, instead of Depp’s complex signals? Or is Willy’s gender “chocolate”?
Have you seen it? What do you think?