I've written another piece for Back Row, this time on Cronenberg's The Fly and Dead Ringers and their respective takes on the horrors of reproductive healthcare under patriarchy. Give it a read here!
The Housemaid is basically only male anxiety. Male anxiety about what would happen if women treated men like how men treat women (systemically not individually). Our main male character is technically in the position of power as a patriarch and a teacher, and when his power goes unchecked, his world is safe and normal. But as soon as a student is inappropriate to him, his grip on male power (specifically sexual dominance) disappears. He is the one being desired inappropriately.…