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The Outlaw

Under the Radar:
Women in Film in the Kinsey Era
February 14-26, 2003

Kinsey's report on female sexuality was not the only shocking evidence of women as sexual beings in the mid 20th century. Both mainstream and underground films portrayed themes of gender and sexuality, many of which were delayed, modified or completely banned by the censorship board. This week-long film festival showcases women directors, lesbian films, and female stars who tested the censors' ratings in their various portrayals of sex and gender. Also featured will be a special screening of historical stag films from the Kinsey collection.
Women Directors
Lesbian and Gender Benders
Censored and Condemned
Between "White Slavery" and the "Ethnography of Sex Workers": Women in Stag Films at the Kinsey Archive
       Lecture: Linda Williams, Ph.D, U of California, Berkeley


Women Directors:
The Bigamist (1953) Ida Lupino, director
Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965) Doris Wishman, Director
Fuses (1964) Carolee Schneemann, Director
Ida Lupino

Lesbian Films and Gender Benders:

Caged (1950)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
The Children's Hour (1961)

Agnes Morehead and Eleanor Parker in Caged

Censored and Condemned

And God Created Woman (1957)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
The Outlaw (1946)
Baby Doll (1956)
Streetcar Named Desire (1951)- The Director's Cut (1993) approximately three to five minutes of the censored scenes (i.e., specific references to Blanche's homosexual young husband, her nymphomania, and Stanley's rape of Blanche) were restored in an 'original director's version' rerelease.

Jane Russell in The Outlaw

Between "White Slavery" and the "Ethnography of Sex Workers": Women in Stag Films at the Kinsey Archive

Photo of Linda Williams
Linda Williams PhD, Professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric, Univ.of California at Berkeley
Linda Williams teaches courses on popular moving-image genres (pornography, melodrama, and "body genres" of all sorts) and is currently interested in the emergence of explicit sex acts in moving-image culture. In 1989 she published a controversial study of porno-graphic film entitled Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible (second edition 1999), which included stag films from the Kinsey Institute collection. Williams's latest book is Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White, from Uncle Tom to O.J.Simpson (2001, Princeton).

Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Horizons of Knowledge, IU Programs in American Studies, Cultural Studies & Gender Studies, IU Departments of English, Communication & Culture, and Fine Arts.

Titles from The Kinsey historical stag collection:

Bring 'em Back Nude
Getting His Goat
Free Ride
Modern Pirates

Tickets are $4 per show or $15 for a Festival ticket.
Contact The Ryder for updated times.

This festival is presented in conjunction with Women's Sexualities: Perspectives and Portrayals, marking the 50th anniversary of Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

Film Festival cosponsors include Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, The Ryder Film series, The Kinsey Institute, and WFIU wfiu logo


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