Pariah: A Spin on Lesbian Tropes

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The lesbian trope is illuminated and given a breath of fresh air in the film ‘Pariah,’ written and directed by Dee Rees and starring Adepero Oduye as Alike.┬áThe film opens with the main character Alike visiting a club with a friend named Laura. It follows Alike as she rides the bus home and lingers as Laura exits. Alike starts to change out of her “masculine” clothes and into her “regular” clothes before she gets out of the bus. This is a humiliating experience that doesn’t seem new to Alike. The pain we see in her face is something that will stay with us throughout the film.


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