Filmic masculinities evince the dreams and anxieties of entire generations. Against the backdrop of a confident and economically powerful China, this blog discusses the diverse masculinities portrayed in three recent Chinese box office hits, and shows the inseparability of masculinity, consumption, nationalism, and cultural identity in China’s post-socialist modernity.
Why are people murdered because of their gender expression? And beaten up, derided, and discriminated against? What is it about non-normative gender expression that is so threatening?