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Sexing the Media

How and Why We Do It

Debra L. Merskin

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Chapter 10. Homosexuality and Horror: The Lesbian Vampire Film


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The Lesbian Vampire Film

In a hundred years of movies, homosexuality has only rarely been depicted on the screen. When it did appear, it was there as something to laugh at—or something to pity—or even something to fear. These were fleeting images, but they were unforgettable, and they left a lasting legacy. Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gay people … and gay people what to think about themselves.

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