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Read the article here that gives all the details of Elvira's return.
I grew up with Indiana horror host Sammy Terry, so this is a great blast from the past that, I think, will be welcome on the TV scene, especially for anyone my age or older who grew up with all kinds of local horror hosts. But mistresses of the macabre have always been a family favorite in my life. We grew up watching the classic black and white monster movies and we loved the Addams Family.
But they all portray strength and you may even notice that Elvira herself is always making jokes about being a black widow type figure. Well, this is all part of the cultural backlash that identified with Victorian Gothic and likely sprang out of the female-stifling fifties, where most women were told to get in the kitchen and stay there. Where the styles of the times included big bell skirts and poufy hair and rosy cheeks.
So we can see, academically speaking, how feminism can spring from forms that may at first glance appear to be solely for the male gaze. Many would argue that the simple display of skin and insinuation of allure that these women present are degrading, because they are such caricatures of femininity. I would disagree. It's not attractiveness or femininity that are innately offensive, it's those two qualities when they are ONLY for the benefit of men that becomes offensive, in my opinion.
Wait a minute, am I lecturing? Oh boy...forgive me, you can tell that school is about to start and I'll be back to teaching...
I have a picture somewhere of Mom and I dressed as Elvira and Morticia for Halloween one year, I'll have to dig that up. Until then, enjoy Elvira's cameo...
(Also, if you enjoyed this post, you may like this LIST of unconventional leading ladies.)