Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood by James Baldwin

With “Here be Dragons or Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood” an article written in 1985, James Baldwin portrays the modern figure of the monster and the way it is treated in the American society. Inspired by his personal experiences and using the example of androgyny, he manages to demonstrate that “freaks” are rejected, and scare people because they represent their inner fears and … Continue reading Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood by James Baldwin

Sideshows Creatures: Who is the monster?

Freaks is considered as one of the most fascinating and unusual films ever produced, even though it didn’t get good critics and public’s reception in 1932. -The New York Times suggested screening the film at medical centres instead of theatres.-  It is a testimony about circus sideshows and their wonders. Thanks to sideshows, freaks were able to find a frame to be accepted as such. … Continue reading Sideshows Creatures: Who is the monster?