Thursday, December 4, 2014

Peter Pan, Queer Icon - The Atlantic

What has become a casting custom holds more value than simply that of tradition. Allison Williams becoming the latest woman to play Peter—whether her performance ends up as celebrated as Mary Martin’s, or as forgettable as Mia Farrow’s—represents the continued mainstream representation of boyish masculinity as expressed by someone female-bodied, which remains almost as infrequent a cultural occurrence in modern media as it was 50-plus years ago. For many queer women and gender non-conforming people sprawled in front of their TV sets when they were still children, watching women like Mary Martin play Peter Pan provided visual affirmation that a genderbent lifestyle was within their realm of possibility.


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