Born Sexy Yesterday

Pop Culture Detective Jonathan McIntosh zerlegt in seinem Video-Essay die in Science-Fiction-Filmen weit verbreite Trope vom „Geist eines naiven Kindes in einem erwachsenen weiblichen Körper“. Wird Zeit für mehr Ripleys und Furiosas

This video essay is about a gendered trope that has bothered me for years but didn’t have a name, so I gave it one: Born Sexy Yesterday. It’s a science fiction convention in which the mind of a naive, yet highly skilled, girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. Born sexy yesterday is about an unbalanced relationship, but it’s also very much connected to masculinity. The subtext of the trope is rooted in a deep seated male insecurity around experienced women and sexuality.

Note that Born Yesterday isn’t meant literally. Born Sexy Yesterday can be written literally but it doesn’t have to be. If media uses a „fish out of water“ plot to frame an adult woman as an inexperience child then it fits the trope.

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