People have a hard time talking about sex work. Whether it’s pornography or strip clubs, the topic remains taboo regardless of how far our society veers from its puritanical roots. Many focus on the danger sex work can pose to women—in fact, a 2017 study suggests that it is the most dangerous profession, with its violence disproportionately affecting women. But another critical reason for our societal fear of sex work (and a reason people are much less keen to admit) is that female desire has always been deemed a scary thing. Eve’s desire begat the downfall of humanity. The sirens are seen as more monstrous than even the Cyclops. Hell, in the Twilight franchise, Bella’s sex drive gets her impregnated by a bloodsucking vampire that almost eats her from the inside out. On the other hand, there’s an entire subgenre that revolves around the male sex-odyssey: Wedding Crashers, Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, just to scratch its modern surface. While sex work on film almost always centers women, it’s clear that cinematic sex is a totally different ballgame depending on who’s seeking it out. In 2012, Stephen Soderbergh came out with the strangely revolutionary Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers that complicated these norms.
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The mysterious machine of stardom is a fickle, unpredictable thing. As long as Hollywood has been around, it has been known to mold and remodel careers in an exceedingly unpredictable manner. Perhaps the most outrageous example of this appears in the form of our beloved Robert Pattinson, whose time in Hollywood has taken the most gloriously erratic turns.
But within a machine as well-oiled as Hollywood, can this kind of bizarre ascension to fame really be a mere matter of chance? In the case of R Patz, one might actually argue that his outrageously capricious career – from Twilight to The Lighthouse to The Batman – actually makes a whole lot of sense.
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With the recent release of Spencer and the upcoming release of The Batman, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been on everyone’s minds lately. Well, maybe they’ve been on everyone’s minds for the last thirteen years (roughly), but at least now I have an excuse to celebrate them. And what better way to do that than to remind you all of their humble beginnings: Their glorious starring roles in the unsurpassable Twilight series, which has, since its release, become an (accidental?) comedic masterpiece. From unexpected jokes about Italian culture, to that moment where Edward stands in the middle of the woods, sparkling like a five-carat diamond and explaining to Bella that “this is the skin of a killer”--and he isn’t joking—the franchise has some of the most unhinged quotes in movie history.
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