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.

Trailer: „Chappie“ von Neill Blomkamp

Vor einiger Zeit hat Neill Blomkamp seinen kommenden Film „Chappie“ als Mix aus „Robocop“ und „E.T.“ plus Humor angekündigt; seitdem erwarte ich was in Richtung meines Kindheitsklassikers „Nummer 5 lebt!“. Wenn wie im Trailer angedeutet künstliche Intelligenz und die gesellschaftliche Reaktion darauf zentrales Thema sein sollten, kann ich damit aber auch mehr als gut leben.

YouTube: CHAPPIE Trailer #1 (via Minds Delight & Nerdcore)

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.