How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?

The Carry On films (1958–1978) are a series of 30 British comedy films. For the purpose of this piece of work, I’m going to ignore the 31st film (1992)  for three reasons: firstly, my box set doesn’t include it, secondly my favourite stars of the franchise, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams, have died quite tragicContinue reading “How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?”

How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?

Introduction The term ‘gender’ is a social, cultural, and psychological construct which attributes specific traits and behaviours as being either male or female.[1] The films produced during the Second World War (1939-1945), in what Aldgate and Richards label the ‘Golden Age’ of film tend to focus on the home front, as opposed to the frontline,Continue reading “How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?”

The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.

Introduction Gender is defined as categorising males and females into groups based on the attributes associated with that sex, as opposed to the biological categorisation of genitalia,[1] implying that these categories are socially constructed; thus making the terms unstable and subjective.[2] Arguably this approach should be central to historical enquiry as the social construction ofContinue reading “The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.”