God’s Own Country

Set in rural Yorkshire, the film God’s Own Country (directed by Francis Lee, 2017) portrays a gay romance between local twenty-something Johnny and Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe. With Gheorghe’s help, Johnny learns to open up emotionally, appreciate the countryside, be… Continue Reading

Masculinity in Crisis

Commentators claim that masculinity is currently in crisis, by which they actually mean the masculinity of the young. Gender historian Ulrike Brunotte has ironically countered this claim with the maxim that “masculinity is always in crisis.” This adage can be… Continue Reading

Bodies That Still Matter

Since the appearance of her early-career bestseller Gender Trouble in 1990, American philosopher Judith Butler is one of the most influential thinkers in academia. Her work addresses numerous socially pertinent topics such as gender normativity, political speech, media representations of… Continue Reading

Private Romeo

The film Private Romeo shows two male cadets falling in love as they speak the lines of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While intended as an affirmative depiction of gay love without any homophobia, the film for three reasons has the… Continue Reading


After a six-year run, Digressions: Amsterdam Journal of Critical Theory, Cultural Analysis, and Creative Writing is closing down. You can find all content on the open-access platform Zenodo. Thank you to all the editors and authors for your contributions!  … Continue Reading