Dissociated Masculinities and Geographies of the Road
Although Aitken and Lukinbeal bring up some interesting and valid points about potential liberation being suppressed in Adventures of Priscilla,Queen of the Desert, i don't fully agree with these views. After watching the movie, i felt that the road did encourage a sense of liberation from hegemonic masculinity for the three protagonists. This is seen most drastically in the final scene when Felicia and Mitzi perform back home in Sydney. Mitzi's son is there supporting them as well as an exuberant crowd and both Felicia and Mitzi look genuinely happy. They know they may be different than the "norm", but their journey on the road has solidified a sense of contentment with their identity, enough that they're back on the stage performing after the disaster act in Alice Springs. Bernadette is a strong, dominant figure throughout the film. She stands up to the men that try to assault Felicia and does not back down. They all feel the pressures of society and disagreement with their lifestyle, but in the end they put their own happiness first, not giving in to patriarchal ideals. Bernadette ends up with Bob, a couple that defies hegemonic masculinities, and Mitzi takes his son back to Sydney and is honest and open about his identity. His son won't grow up in the traditional, patriarchal home, but both Mitzi and his son appear genuinely happy by the end of the film.