2008-11-20

Discovering Mae West

I love to watch movies. However I frequently have trouble enjoying the "classics" because of their tendency to reinforce patriarchal standards. Today I have discovered Mae West.

I have first seen her in a cameo role in "Myra Breckinridge" and was intrigued. It must be then that I added a few of her movies to my Netflix queue. Today I watched two, and in both I loved the women she portrayed: Strong, independent, and sex-positive.

I watched Night After Night and I'm No Angel today and have a serious crush. Naughty, witty, original, and completely un-self-consious, her characters were a true pleasure to follow.

Of course I had to read up on Wikipedia about her, and was ecstatic to find out she was more than just a great performer, but also a talented writer and director, as well as a gay and transgender rights advocate.

Wow.

I want to be her when I grow up.