Sara MacakMamadou DjiguimdeAaron Wynne
Fight Club: an Exploration of Consumerism, Masculinityand Terrorism
explores the grounds on which capitalism via consumerism leads to ametaphorical castration of men. In an attempt to gain back their masculinity, men makes useof self inflicted corporal violence to access their real essence; they also turn consumerismagainst itself as a way to fight capitalist system. In a bizarre way, however, the resemblancesbetween the premise of this movie and the 9/11 terrorist attacked on the U.S. soil are soastounding that we are inclined to speculate that
provides a reading of theterrorist attack in many ways.
At the moment of release, many reviewers discuss the themes of the fear of losing masculinity, thefear of Y2K, and the hyper-violence of the film as a way to reassert their masculinity.
Paula Nechak of the Seattle P.I. states: The role of the male in our society and culture hascome under tremendous scrutiny lately.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says: It's about how to not feel dead as y2k approaches.
Bret Easton Ellis of Gear Magazine said: Rages against hypocracy of a society that promises us the impossible...a relentless dizzying take on the male fear of losing power.
Men reverting to their most primitive
Masculinity being sold