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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

"As a classic road movie, Priscilla--the omnibus and omnipurpose--contests some of Western society's dominant narratives on sexuality, family, and home but, ultimately, we argue that it falls short of a liberatory masculinity. Kaja Silverman suggests that Western patriarchial logic requires an unwavering faith in the unity of the family and the adequacy of a male subject who is in place and taking responsiblity," (Aitken and Lukinbeal 350). I would have to agree with both Aitken and Lukinbeal's ideas about Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and how it doesn't quite portray a sense of liberatory masculinity. Even though the characters seem to be branching out and not conforming to societies traditional male beliefs, they are still conforming in one sense or another. They are not completely free from what society has demanded of them and their gender identities. If we were to discuss and look at Silverman's ideas about Western patriarchial beliefs we would see that the film is not branching out and liberating itself from these beliefs but that it is conforming to these beliefs, especially in the sense that Tick is trying to make his family his number one priority. He is trying to be a good and traditional role model for his son...even though he might do some untraditional things. Overall, I think this movie did a great job of trying to break out of a specific mold and liberate masculinity, even if it didn't fully succeed.