In This Labyrinth: Justice From the Heart of The Phantom Of The Opera

Love of Phantom meets love of justice.

References for episode 19- Do I Become His Prey?

OK. Here are my sources and references for my discussion, in episode 19, on violence in/and POTO. Hopefully they’ll help ground and contextualize some of what I talked about in the episode.

Articles which argue that POTO condones or romanticizes violence, including gendered violence/violence against women:

This article is from the Daily News Egypt.

This one, meanwhile, is from an online publication called Art Is Not A Spectator Sport.

And this one is from a blog called A Magical World Of Words, dedicated to calling out and fighting violence against women in the arts and media.

These articles have provoked some interesting discussion in various Phan forums! I’ve seen these discussions mainly in Phan groups on Facebook, but I’m sure they’re happening elsewhere as well.

And here is the video by Lindsay Ellis in which she discusses the Gerik (the 2004 movie), and points out the issue of how the murder of Joseph Buquet raises the stakes from nasty pranks to serious violence. Her discussion of that starts at about 36 minutes, and goes to about the 37 minute mark. Although, the rest of the video is definitely worth watching, too, for Ellis’s analysis of Joel Schumacher’s use of cinematic technique. Though, heads-up, she gives the film a thorough shredding!

And here are a bunch of articles on Transformative Justice. Content warning, though. These articles do make reference to violence, including gendered violence/violence against women and sexual violence including against children. Although, they don’t discuss anything in explicit terms or detail.

This article, from brilliant and amazing Queer Disabled activist Mia Mingus, gives a brief overview of what TJ is all about.

As does this article from Teen Vogue.

And this article, from the Transformative Justice Collective of Berlin, gives brief definitions of both community accountability and transformative justice. The language is a bit academic, but pretty concise and informative. Plus, the page also has links to other TJ resources and groups.

This blog-post, from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, gives another good, in-depth but accessible overview of TJ. And it also provides links to lots of excellent resources and examples of TJ in action.

Finally, this extended article from Generation Five, a group working to end sexual violence against children, does a really awesome deep-dive into the principles and practice of transformative justice!

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