Learning the Laws of Desire from Antonio Banderas (and His Briefs)
Boxers hide. Jockstraps flaunt. Briefs titillate by the very shape they contour and convey.
La ley del deseo Law of Desire
Law of Desire
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Law of Desire
Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter based in New York City. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his work of cultural criticism has been featured in The Atlantic, Film Quarterly, Esquire, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema and U.S. Latino media culture, and Electric Literature, where he writes about book-to-film adaptations. He has a Ph.D. but doesn't like to brag about it.
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