Title

Whose club is it anyway? The problematic of trans representation in mainstream films, “Rayon,” and Dallas Buyers Club as a case study

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ford, A 2016, 'Whose club is it anyway? The problematic of trans representation in mainstream films, “Rayon,” and Dallas Buyers Club as a case study ', Screen Bodies, vol. 1, no. 2.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) offers a stereotypical representation of trans themes and images that do not fit contemporary gender-diverse communities, creating negative images and damaging connotations that could last for years. This article explores the stereotypical characterization and clichéd narrative devices deployed to create the fictitious character of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club and examines the ongoing problematic of trans representation within mainstream cinematic texts by comparing Dallas Buyers Club with The Crying Game (1992), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), and Transamerica (2005). To contextualize the ongoing issues raised by the film and its screenplay, this article reads Rayon as one example in a long line of socially proscribed Hollywood “fallen women,” here, with the narrative displaced onto the transgender body.