After watching toy story 3 the other day, i cant help but recommend it a (re)watch for what is probably one of the most incredible counter-intuitive, anti-normative mainstream movies of our neoliberal age that I have seen in a long time. It presents a story about camaraderie and class solidarity against a male-dominated system of individualism and hierarchical, unequal, hyper-securatized capitalist totalitarianism that further praises strategic and collective violent insurrection over compliance and submission, all while challenging fixed traditional gender and sexual binaries with gender queer performances but also assertive and militant femininities that tear to pieces the stereotype of femininity=passivity/obedience. The film further succeeds in questioning normative understandings of time and rites of passage of child-youth-adult, ending with a certain inbetweenness, perhaps as a reflection of our own desires to remain in that inbetweenness rather than violently removed from one fixed age/time/identity category to another. But maybe i am reading too much in this film, the outcome of too much exposure to postmodern literature at soas. It might possibly also be a projection of my own fear that the academic bubble is bursting soon, and that i too will be violently coerced to shift from one category to another, from master student to well, let’s face it, unemployed, but also from youth to adult, from ‘guy’ to ‘man’, forced to live according to the bourgeois logics of time even if i will try as hard as i possibly can to resist them…

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