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Headscratchers: But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Where is Rock's dad?
    • I suspect that it is part of the joke - for someone so obsessed with genderroles and the true way, she clearly isn't in a happy relationship.
      • Would any man want to be in a relationship with Mary?
    • Maybe he left her for another man.
      • According to That Other Wiki, that's pretty much the case. He ran off to San Fransisco.
  • Megan was supposed to always have been gay, but the reasons she was sent to True Directions seemed like a weird way to get her there. Eating tofu and not wanting to kiss a boy who is a disgusting kisser in the first place... can you really identify her as gay just by that? Maybe that was the point, but she really is gay, so... did Dumbass Homophobes Have a Point, or are we not getting something here?
    • I think those "symptoms" were just a coincidence. She could have been eating vegetarian to try and keep her weight down for cheerleading. Her boyfriend being a bad kisser might have been exaggerated though; the movie is from a lesbian's point of view, after all.
    • Her boyfriend being such an awful kisser is probably mostly her opinion because she's completely disinterested. With the power of omniscient camera, we know she was always thinking about girls anyway. It's possible her friends and close family saw more signs of this other than just the locker pictures, but going into those would have slowed the scene down and made it less funny.
    • I thought they were a parody of whatever random attributes people tend to identify as "gay". It's a bit of a Hitler Ate Sugar thing. Some gays eat tofu, therefore all tofu eaters are gay.
      • Yes, and there is a common stereotype of the vegetarian/vegan lesbian/bisexual woman.
  • Is Jan straight and cis, or an FTM? I always assumed the latter, but apparently not everyone saw this.
    • I don't see her as a transman. She seems like a boyish girl.
    • My interpretation was that she wasn't sure either until the outburst scene; that she'd been accused of all kinds of things and was mixed up about her own feelings, especially if people had been telling her that she couldn't be a girl if she behaved like herself. Finally she realises this is nonsense, that she's both straight AND extremely butch. Genderqueer maybe, but not a transman.
      • Which is in-and-of itself a byproduct of our society's compulsive need to have a label for EVERYTHING. What's wrong with just being "butch girl"? Does she HAVE to have some sort of deep-seeded subconscious "setting" to just like manly things despite being a straight female? That's one of the points of the movie; sometimes people are just how they are, and trying to pigeon-hole EVERYONE just creates headaches and heartaches alike.
      • "butch girl" is a label. Labels make it easier to describe things without using a short paragraph each time. The problem lies with trying to force people to conform to the already established labels as though being anything else is somehow (the pejorative meaning of) "deviant behaviour".
      • I was always under the impression that she wasn't actually straight, and that she was tormented so much by the camp that she made the excuse so she could leave. In fact the interpretation that she was straight is just baffling to me. Not because she's stereotypically "butch", but because of the tone of the scene itself; I saw a girl who was in so much pain from being sent to a place to change who she was, that she made an attempt to get out of the situation in any way she could. For example, claiming that she was straight while barely being able to actually say it.
      • I took her anger as being at constantly being told she was "ugly" and "unattractive" just for being herself. Basically, as being constantly told that she had to perform a certain version of femininity in order to be attractive. And on top of that, they used her being molested as a basis on which to undermine her entire personality and essentially say that the person she is - her style, her interests, her hobbies - are not only in opposition to her sexuality, but are only because of what an abuser did to her. And it reinforces the idea that no guy who is interested in women would ever be attracted to her if she remains true to her own personal aesthetic. I think those things would make her upset enough to run out like that. I think it is a great comment on what societal expectations and forced roles can do to completely undermine someone's personality if they don't conform in a certain way.
  • When did Megan break up with her boyfriend? At the beginning of the camp, she still had him.
  • What happened to Andre?
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