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James Bond Still a Sexist, Homophobic Jerk -- and I Still Kinda Like Him

I'm a sucker for Bond’s supernatural fighting and survival skills. But that’s why the obvious gender stupidity and not-so-obvious homophobic taint are so irksome.

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I can find hardly another review that mentions these things. It is as if Hollywood’s pixie dust vanquishes our collective gender intelligence. Surely it must be possible to say, “What a great film!” and, “But what’s up with the sexism?” in the same review? And more importantly, surely it must be possible to make a great Bond film without abandoning the moral intelligence of the times?

Michael Lithgow is a PhD candidate at Carleton University in the School of Journalism and Communication, and a research associate with OpenMedia.ca and the Canadian Alternative Media Archive. His first collection of poems, Waking in the Tree House, was recently published by Cormorant Books (2012).

 
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