Cruising Mat Motor : Malay biker masculinity and queer desire in/through KL Menjerit.

Lim, David C. L. (2006) Cruising Mat Motor : Malay biker masculinity and queer desire in/through KL Menjerit. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 7 (1). pp. 62-80. ISSN 1464-9373

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This paper examines the construction of working-class Mat Motor (Malay biker) masculinity and queer desire in/through KL Menjerit, a commercial biker film that exudes the unmistakably aura of working-class kejantanan (masculinity). Specifically, I focus on how the film – or more precisely the ‘queer moments’ it contains – resonates in ways that are not necessarily obvious to the disinterested heterosexual public eye. The discussion takes into account both filmic elements and the sexual geography of Kuala Lumpur (KL), where shifting biker spaces sometimes intersect with homosexual cruising sites. My argument is that the film’s representation of the Mat Motor protagonist as unbendingly straight and heterosexually jantan – while imaginably gratifying to the core audience of Mat Motors – actually belies the opposite reality of KL’s ‘forgotten’ underside, where gender and sexuality are much more fluid and malleable than is sanctioned by society and the state. (Author's abstract)

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Motorcycles film ; Motion pictures -- social aspects ; Gay cultures ; Working class
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 03:24
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2010 03:24

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