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Based on social standards morals and behaviors society places extreme emphasis on a human beings sexual orientation Although in recent years this gender-based stereotype which judges the actions of a particular person based on their sex has decreased humans are still subjected to certain standards as classified by whether they are male or female In a German film director Rainer Fassbinder manages to step away from ordinary filmmaking by revealing a life with undefined sexual orientation Throughout In a Year of Thirteen Moons Fassbinder uses the harsh judgments of society to shed light upon the reasoning for the sexual confusion and depression of the main character When it comes to building character it seems as if the impressions and beliefs of our patriarchal society outweighs self-fulfillment What makes In a Year of Thirteen Moons so unique from other films is that it reveals how drastically the actions of others can influence a person The main character Erwin later known as Elvira is plagued by societys impression of him and the opinions others make of him based on those impressions While Fassbinder has deliberately altered the chronology of events in the movie we are introduced to Erwins sexual and social confusion in the first scene Erwin who has at this point in his life has claimed the identity of a woman chooses to buy sex from a man Although he thinks of himself as a woman at this point Erwin chooses to dress as a man because there is less shame buying sex as a man This initial scene takes no time introducing us to the influence of society Already Erwin shows that he feels pressured by society If Erwin was thinking for himself in this scene rather then letting societys views act for him then Erwin would not and should not feel ashamed to buy sex dressed as a woman Of course this argument can only be made after the viewer accepts that
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