"It's Just a Phase:" Gender Fluidity and Erasure in Pixar's Inside Out

I like Inside Out a lot. It's smart, clever, fun, sad, funny, poignant, therapuetic, and other things, too! It's thematically sharp and narratively compact with an efficient, innovative visual system. It also adds another page to the increasingly complicated conversation Pixar's movies have with gender presentation and representation and studio intent.

So here's how I read the gender subtext of the film: Riley Anderson is a gender fluid character, a person who identifies as both masculine and feminine (and who may identify more as one or the other at any particular time)...

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