The Importance Of Masculine And Feminine In Dr. Strangelove

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Anu Karavadi
Professor Morgan
AMS 421
3 November 2016

The Importance of Masculine and Feminine in Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a dark comedy film by Stanley Kubrick. The film deals with nuclear war which was a hot topic during the 50 's and 60 's. Americans were very paranoid about communists and nuclear war at this time. This film shows how ridiculous the paranoia about nuclear war through a sexual relationship allegory. The allegory deals with the masculine and the feminine. The masculine is an important part of the nuclear war efforts while the feminine takes a backseat. The feminine is displayed in men as a negative. The sexual allegory becomes funny through
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Strangelove are all shown as weak and impotent. The characters are either physically handicapped or just weak minded. Mandrake and President both are represented as meek while Dr. Strangelove is physically impaired in a wheelchair with a prosthetic arm. These characters are all hesitant in some way to wage war which is shown as a negative. They are seen as incapable when it comes time to take control of the situation. Mandrake couldn 't stop Jack D. Ripper from launching the nuke. The President couldn 't seize control over his own army. Dr. Strangelove couldn 't control his arm at the very end. These are all deliberate to show their submissive femininity.
The president and Mandrake are both feminine in their demeanor and personality. They don 't want to go to war, but they also cannot take control and stop the war. This can be seen as the female of the relationship not wanting sex. This leads those “masculine” men frustrated. The masculine characters in the film, Buck and Jack D. Ripper, are quite enthusiastic for nuclear war and sex. Their desire for sex and war allows them to go forward in the war effort in an energetic manner.
Buck is always energetic when talking about the war, so much so, that he literally fights in the war room. Buck wrestles with the Russian diplomat due to his enthusiasm for war and his sexual frustration. This causes the president to say "There is no fighting in the war room." The movie uses this line for

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