This week on the podcast, we celebrate Pride Month by exploring queer themes and so much more in the iconic “Alien” franchise.
THIS EPISODE: GAYLIENS (GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND WETNESS IN THE “ALIEN” FRANCHISE)
We’re back, and we’ve got a QUADRUPLE FEATURE for you this time. It’s Pride Month, ghouls, and we’ve been dying to talk about all the queer stuff in the Alien franchise. Come along with us on a journey of gender nonconformity, mommy issues, hypercapitalism, found family, and of course, penis-headed monsters.
If you aren’t already a Ripley 8 X Call shipper, you will be once we’re done here, and you’ll be pleased to know there are 91 tagged fanfics on Ao3.[P.S. The Stephen King movie whose name escaped us is Sleepwalkers (1992).]
Find Gretchen Felker-Martin’s excellent essay, “Kane’s Son: Sexual Violence and Symbolism in Alien and Aliens,” here. And you can read Whitney Anspach’s thorough thesis “Study of Gender Representations within the Aliens Series” here.
- Alien (1979)
- Aliens (1986)
- Alien 3 (1992)
- Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Song used during the series recap: “Hypersleep” by Jerry Goldsmith from Alien: Original Motion Picture Score
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Not Your Final Girl is a podcast hosted by three women (Ariel Dyer and Candace Sluder) just trying to make it to the end of the movie. Join us bi-weekly for deep dives into horror with a fresh take on the genre we love! We’re @NYFGpod on Letterboxd if you want to check out all the movies we’ve talked about on the pod. You can also follow Candace at @crammpuss if you want to peek at what movies might be coming up next.
A proud part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Our drive for intersectionality aligns well with the Morbidly Beautiful ethos. We love that MB is a nonprofit that gives back to the horror community, and are thrilled to be a part of the network.