One of the main characters in the movie Finding Nemo is a queer fish by the name Dory. She is knowledgeable even though her memory is bad. Hidden beneath the surface of pop culture are many liberatory impulses, says Judith Halberstam, professor of literature and modern culture at the University of Southern California. FORUM met her in Copenhagen, where she recently lectured on masculinity.
2005 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, the world famous Danish writer of fairy tales. The vain, sensitive and artistic Andersen was often infatuated by other men and described himself as "half feminine". His fairy tales and work are filled with women, who conveniently die so that romantic friendship between men can blossom. According to Danish scholar Dag Heede, time is ripe to take a closer look at the misogyny and gender ideologies at play in Andersen's work.