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Existentialist and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar Existentialists believe in free will making choices and living with those consequences This is not some kind of weird hippy philosophy it makes sense Existentialistic thought is predominately a 20th century revelation As a philosophy it states that man possesses free will over his fate and the direction he wants his life to take To tie this all in I will discuss the movie To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar which was based upon three men portraying transvestites on their way to California for a fashion show I will discuss the authentic existences according to the criteria of an existentialist the distinction between sex and gender and its relevance to the movie and the distinction between sex and gender with existentialist idea of authentic existence In the movie To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar Noxzema Vida and Chi Chi lived an authentic existence according to the criteria set forth by Jean Paul Sartre and other existentialists because existentialism emphasizes the existence rather than the essence Sartre the existent is identified with the series of phenomena which tell us of its existence In other words to be an existent means to be a series of appearances Ordinarily appearance tells us of a dualism ie the appearance and what is hidden in that appearance Sartre maintains that appearance is the entire and only reality Along with that the existentialist believes that people are basically free to make their own choices Since individuals are free and able to make choices their existence is determined by the choices they make and these choices establish the future into which they project themselves Therefore the characters that portrayed transvestites in the movie demonstrated a free life style and made themselves who they are according to the criteria set forth by Jean Paul Sartre The movie advocates the distinction between sex and gender because according
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