Hollywood and the Killer Lesbian by Robert Cettl
Approx. 10,610 words.
Published on January 9, 2013 by
Amidst the socio-sexual upheavals of the 1970s, Hollywood used a re-envisioning of the detective character from traditional film noir to essay the threat to heterosexual patriarchy posed by transgressive homosexuality.
Thus, in one 1972 film emerged American cinema's way of dealing with that threat - the archetype of the Killer Lesbian was cemented!