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Sexuality and the Anxieties of Men By Jason Haggstrom, June 8, In the thirty years since its release, Alien has become a film of hot debate amongst film theorists. Academic analyses of the film draw attention to many differing themes that lead to feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, and other readings.
Most critiques, academic and otherwise, ultimately conclude that Alien is a feminist film because of its representation of the workplace as a home to equality and a place where traditional gender roles have been obliterated. Not the fear of the devouring Alien, but a fear and anxiety of a future where the equalizing of the sexes might lead to the blending of sexual biology as well.
What is ultimately revealed by Alien is the anxiety of men during the era of second-wave feminism in which the film was produced. Alien opens with a birth sequence. It begins with darkness. As the camera floats forward through the hall, a door opens.
The crew is revealed as slumbering, nearly naked bodies in the round, comforting, white womb of a room.
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Men and women lay side by side, born in a micro-society that is ignorant to the inhibitions associated with sexual difference. Barbara Creed observes that this birth is a "well controlled, clean, painless affair," and speculates that it "could be interpreted as a primal phantasy in which the human subject is born fully developed—even copulation is redundant.
Click any image to enlarge The crew of the Nostromo enjoy a meal together, sitting around a table as if they were a nuclear family; all children of "Mother," the Nostromo itself. Men and women work together in similar roles in an equal distribution of labor.
We may be able to recognize that Ripley is female and Dallas is male, but the film does not. But what begins as sexual equality quickly becomes sexual confusion. Sexual imagery abounds throughout Alien, transferred from the asexual, de-gendered crew to other aspects of the diegesis.
The crew gains entrance to the ship through a vagina-like opening at the center-point between its metallic legs. Once inside, they find themselves surrounded by walls that resemble bones and other organic material furthering the sense that they are exploring the inside of a body. But the female genitalia are not alone as objects of fascination in Alien.
Within the body of the ship, the crew discovers a giant, dead creature that is attached to the ship as though it had grown out of the floor. Its stiff, lifeless body is a warning to the explorers, but one that they are quick to ignore. When Kane makes contact with the egg a pregnancy occurs, just not in the way we are accustomed to.
It is Kane who is impregnated by a scorpion-like monster that attaches itself to his face, raping him orally in an act of sexual domination. The Alien is child to Kane—a child birthed of man.
Men will have to share the burden of pregnancy and birth. This anxiety in regards to feminism is founded on the notion that with the abolition of gender roles and the division of labor, the role of mother will become diminished unless it can be shared equally amongst both sexes.
This concept, and the anxiety it creates, is on full display in Alien.
Sexuality is woven into the design of virtually everything in the film, and not just for those critics who would unearth it in order to stroke their Grand Theory.The major functional difference between the ancient, large amphibians and the first little reptiles is the amniotic egg.
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