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Chasing Amy

Chasing Amy: Exposing the Deceit
While it appears to be an open-minded exploration into the complexities of sexuality and gender, Chasing Amy is in actuality little more than a cover-up for the set of myths that encompass the plot. In this article, I willfirst uncover these myths, then reveal the truths that expose them. On its face, the film is about two young comic book artists who fall in love. The subtext of the movie, though, is about something far more political, and far more disturbing.
Lesbian: Disgruntled Straight Woman
Myth: Any lesbian can be "straightened out" if only she were to meet the right guy. Women's sexuality should be subject to male desires; what women really need, especially those stubborn lesbians, is some serious male domination.
Banky: "What'd I tell you – she just needs the right guy. All every woman really wants – be it mother, senator, nun – is some serious deep-dicking."
Myth: Every woman can love either men or women; there is no common ground. When Holden proclaims his love for Alyssa, she screams about how difficult it would be for her to make the switch:
Holden: "But that's every relationship! There's always going to be a period of adjustment."
Alyssa: "Period of adjustment?!? THERE'S NO'PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT!' I'M FUCKING GAY! THAT'S WHO I AM! AND YOU ASSUME I CAN TURN ALL THAT AROUND JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING CRUSH?"
The strange thing is, she turns around and changes to a heterosexual anyway, just to be with him.
Myth: What constitutes a "normal" couple is a man, no matter what his sexual past, and a sexually kept woman.
Throughout the film, Alyssa's character is constructed as seemingly outlandish, unconventional, and not given to accepting tradition without question. As the plot unfolds, we learn of her wild sexual past, which includes a few threesomes and some …

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