Transformers Essay

My critical essay "Technomasculine Bodies & Vehicles of Desire: The Erotic Delirium of Michael Bay's Transformers" appears in the latest issue of Extrapolation. I let fly with the techno-jargon in this one, but all in good fun. Here's the abstract:

Michael Bay’s Transformers (2007) fetishizes technology and represents automobiles as “vehicles” of sexuality. Despite being aliens/others, transformers collectively function as a channel for technomasculine desire and American sociocultural production. The film belies its popcorn veneer in spite of authorial and directorial intent, depicting an “autogeddon” reminiscent of J. G. Ballard’s Crash (1973), which eroticizes the violent process of “automutilation.” Transformers do likewise as they repeatedly clash with (i.e., crash into) one another in an agential effort to reify male power and identity.

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