I've toyed for a long time with the idea of supplementing the podcast episodes with written posts, because there's always just so much to say. So when Rachel mentioned the idea for this piece, I knew we had to publish it, because it is wonderful. I hope to publish more essays in the future, but I'm still working out the details of what, by who, and how often. For now though, settle in and let Rachel change how you think about Speed Racer. —Elle
Earlier this week, when we were recording Episode 28 of Into It, Elle brought up the subject of trans readings of the 2008 Speed Racer film. We talked a little about that on the show—or, rather, the larger umbrella topic of gender in Speed Racer, and the fact that the movie is one of those rare franchises where you can swap out the gender of literally any character without changing the story at all.
And then the rest of the conversation bounced around my head for the next few days, and coalesced into the following (which is less a trans reading than a narrative thought experiment that’s rapidly resolving into headcanon, because I love the hell out of what it adds).Read More