I think Jamie Babbit succeeded in trying to make the film "But, I'm a cheerleader" a feminized version of camp. Although I definitely do agree that creating gender binaries in any way is negative, I don't think there is any harm in feminizing something. If anything, having only male examples of camp reinforces gender stereotypes, because that is the only example that is shown. While I was watching the film, in fact, I felt so happy that a campy movie like this had a lesbian as the leading character. It is rare for any movie to have a prominent female character as the lead, let alone a lesbian. I think it is unfortunate that this is probably a movie that is popular only in the queer community, because it really is a cute film. Babbit did a fantastic job of parodying a topic that is very serious, and making it hilarious. Far from reinforcing the gender binary, Babbit poked fun at it by making everything in camp blazing blue and pink for the boys and girls, respectively, and making the girls do housework, while the boys worked on cars and chopped wood. It was obvious to anyone who was watching the film that these ridiculous tactics do not work. Another thing I liked was how the queer characters in the film were not all portrayed stereotypically with femme men and butch women; there was a wide variety of gender expression on both sides of the spectrum.
But, I'm a cheerleader!
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