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“Mars Needs Women!”

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Transcript of “Mars Needs Women!”

Cardboard aliens and tin foil bikinis:
Outer Space B-Movies
“MARS NEEDS WOMEN!”
Patriarchal Fantasies in Outer Space B-Movies

B-Movies
"So bad it's good"
Low production value
Exploitation movies
Cult followings
Why B-Movies?
Obvious
symbolism
An immediate future
From "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster"
The corpus
Alienator (1969)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Mars Needs Women!
Revising Gender?
From "Mars Needs Women"
The "Mars Needs Women!" Pattern
Gender Trouble?
An intact gender binary
It's all about reproduction
Consent and gender
From "Devil Girl from Mars"
Women from Mars are evil, Women for Mars are perfect
Women from Mars are evil
Outer space B-movies as nightmares of the Other
From "Devil Girl from Mars"
Women for Mars are perfect
A universalist fantasy: the Good Woman
From "Mars Needs Women"
A new wave of movies about mars ?
THE END
From "The Mysterians"
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