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The Cabin in the Woods: The Virgin/Whore Dichotomy Visualized

The 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods aimed to transcend the traditional plot and gimmicks of slasher flicks. Put simply, a facility has placed young adults in rigged death situations that closely mirror horror films, as an offering to the Ancient Ones, who would destroy the earth if this ritual was not fulfilled. The regurgitation of horror movie stereotypes mixed with the plot of The Facility was a witty commentary on the state of the genre. In particular, the two types of females prevalent in horror films, the

The "whore"

The “whore”

“virgin” and the “whore”, are used in a stereotypical fashion in backlash to the genres fetishization of these two types. In society at large, each woman is expected to be both a virgin, pure and good, as well as a whore, sexual and bad. This dichotomy created by the patriarchy is on direct display throughout this film, and it seems that the creators, Goddard and Whedon, were motivated to parody it, like many other genre-typical actions.

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