The unconscious programming that traps us in a prison of outmoded sexual beliefs is at its most obvious in dramatic situations, such as those surrounding the life—and particularly the death—of Teena Brandon.

Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce’s Oscar-winning biopic of Teena Brandon, reveals an interlocking trinity of sex-negative psychological constructs that seem to underlie all sexual dysfunction

Thus the examination of the hidden attitudes that form the walls of Sexcatraz begins with Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce’s Oscar-winning biopic of Teena Brandon. For much of the film this programming courses beneath the surface of the story, erupting into the light of day only in the events immediately surrounding Brandon’s tragic death. When they do, they reveal an interlocking trinity of sex-negative psychological constructs that seem to underlie all sexual dysfunction.

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