May 07, 2008

Queer educational insect porn!

Tip from The Hater over at The A.V. Club.

Isabella Rossellini is kind of my new hero. In a new series of shorts for Sundance, she explains the reproductive processes of a series of gross bugs in a way that is so delightfully enthusiastic, absurdist, and, seriously? A bit queer, no? There's something so hilarious and wonderful about her cheerfully declaring, of her snailish penis and vagina, "I have both!" Here's the awesome trailer, and you can, and should, check out all the hysterical shorts here.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

they're really funny.

Ily said...

That's so bizarre, I love it!

maudite entendante said...

So, just so I'm totally clear here: if Isabella Rossellini puts on an animal costume and has sex, it's cute, but if a furry does it it's gross?

(I will never understand why some lines are apparently drawn where they're drawn... *grin*)

daftgiraffe said...

ME, i think it's because when Isabella Rossellini does it, we're reassured by the fact that it's for our "entertainment" - it's funny because it's so absurd, and we don't have to grapple with the idea that someone would find it sexually arousing, because that's ultimately not its purpose. in fact, i think part of the humor stems from the absurdity that anyone *would* find snail s&m exciting while IR moans and groans. despite the title, it's not *actually* porn ;)

that said, there's something really cool about this gender-bending reproductive mindfuck sort of stuff - maybe i'm being too analytical (i probably am, now that i think of it), but the thing that attracted me to it (and what led me to post it on quench, and maybe i should have put this in the orignal post) is the presentation of how different and varied reproduction (the normativity of which is so often used as fodder for homo- and queerphobia - homos can't make babies lol) is across the whole of the animal kingdom. i feel like the human presentation of these acts kind of throws into instability this idea that it is somehow normal or natural or "right" for human reproduction and sexuality (one man one woman, doing it the same way, all the time, to make babies) to work the way it does. that is, *all* of us animals are weird in the way we have relationships and reproduce; there's nothing special or any more correct about the particularly human, "natural" way of having babies.

/pretentious, unnecessary blather

highland said...

At the same time, let us not forget that while it is gender-bending for Isabella to portray the males, except for the "hermaphrodites" and the bees I think she only plays the males, once again reinforcing the male sexual subjectivity.