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What's Home Got to Do with It?

Like Robertson, I believe that Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert relies on stereotypical portraits of characters critical to the story of Felicia, Bernadette and Tick. Priscella creates caricatures of the woman, immigrant, and native (and outback masculinity) to discourage the non normative body from exercising mobility in the Australian outback.
The supporting female roles in Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Shirley and Cynthia, are not portrayed in a very positive manner. Shirley, who is very masculine in dress and mannerisms, is insulted by Bernadette for not being feminine enough, attractive enough and for menstruating. Bernadette is portrayed as tougher, smarter and classier than the woman who was born anatomically female. Cynthia is perhaps the opposite of Shirley. She is very feminine but excessively sexual (embarrassingly so) to her husband abusing a very negative stereotype of not only women but especially the female Asian immigrant.
The Aborigines are most accepting of Felicia, Bernadette and Tick but it seems that they cannot make a true connection. Felicia, Bernadette and Tick seem rather out of place in the desert and unlike the Aborigines are not accustomed to sleeping outdoors. When they are invited to the Aborigine camp, Felicia, Bernadette and Tick seem exceedingly dainty and sophistcated in order to exaggerate the contrast between the two groups.
The men of the outback are also portrayed very negatively. None are accepting of the Felicia, Bernadette and Tick and are made to be hypermasculinzed and unintelligent. All of the characters pitted against Felicia, Bernadette and Tick seem to be caricatures perhaps in order to compete with their larger than life personalities but unfortunately, the film still relies on negative stereotypes in order to tell their story.