Feb 26, 2010

Is being feminine so bad????

Capote and Freedom Writers are both movies that present male characters with strong ideas about the role of their inner femininity, and how it relates to their role in society as well as their interpersonal relationships. In one side, have, we have Truman Capote, a declared homosexual who’s not afraid to flaunt his personality in front of New York’s highest and most exclusive circles. On the other, we have Scott Casey, the husband of a caring, hard working High School English teacher, who in the instance of his wife, Erin Gruwell, taking on three jobs refuses to be the symbolic “wife” in the relationship.

Truman Capote was Southern author who mingled in the high levels of New York’s social life, and had a weakness for alcohol, fame, and attention. His way of speaking softly and almost monotone resembled that of a woman and his manner of carry himself, with constant hand movements to accompany and emphasize what he was saying. This attitude resembled the ways of actresses such as Vivian Leigh, and characters as Blanche Du Bois. His odd vocal mannerisms and particular sense of style and fashion distinguished Truman Capote from other writers. This helped him when mingling with members of different social circles. In the movie, we see not only his manners when in a social setting but also his relationship with author Jack Dunphy as well as his emotional attachment to murderer Perry Smith.

In contrast, we have Scott Casey, a man so in doubt of his male persona, that when his wife tries to help the children from Long Beach through the economic backing of three jobs, he feels threatened and eventually leaves her. The idea of not fulfilling his role as husband, and the subliminal message from Erin, that he will have to take the role of the “wife”, frightens him. This suggests that Scott is not very open to his feminine side or that her fears that his feminine side is more willing to show than he wishes, because it may show weakness or maybe he is just not sure about his masculinity.

Here we have two examples of movie adaptations of real life people, and how much they differ base solely on their ability to channel their inner femininity. One is openly in synch with it, while the other is afraid to let it out.

In this instance we’ve got to ask ourselves the questions of who is truly a man. He who doesn’t mind flaunting his sexuality to the public, like it in was the morning new. Or he who is scared of even wearing a pink shirt because it might give the wrong impression.

Men, who can understand them.

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