Thanks, 'Superbad', For Elevating Period Blood To The Ranks Of Bodily Fluids Employed In Comedies

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A few hours ago we got an email from a friend who attested to be the only person under the age of 63 who did not love Superbad. "Did you not find the period blood stuff offensive?" she wanted to know, referring to the scene in the movie at which a drunk girl exacts revenge against her boyfriend by humping Jonah Hill on the dancefloor, only to smear his thigh with thick, crimson period blood. Hmmmmm. We thought about it for a few seconds. Well, it was sure ... gross... but upon reflection, well, we'd never seen period blood employed in a gross-out comedy before, and actually maybe it was a small victory for feminism! Or as Defamer Seth put it: THE ANTI MENSTRUAL BLOOD SLAPSTICK PATRIARCHY HAS BEEN OVERTHROWN!' 'MAY IT RAIN MENSTRUAL BLOOD UPON US!'

After all, menstrual blood is gooey, photogenic, and just the right place on the fetidness spectrum between "semen" and "barf" to make for hilarious — but not absolutely stomach-churningly putrid — physical humor. And you thought the point of the movie was the poignancy of the adolescent male bond! Go Seth Rogen! We think we can think of a certain comedic pregnancy sequel that could maybe give America its seminal (heh) comedic "period sex" scene!

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First off, I have some issue with the "women as cardboard cutouts" argument in this film. True, they're not on the screen unless they're talking to the main characters. True, their emotional journeys are not touched upon/explored throughout the movie. But who's are? There's not a single scene in the movie that does not have one of the main characters. NONE of the secondary characters are explored in any way. One could even argue that the love interests are the ONLY non-Seth and Evan characters that are given any personality. (OK, maybe the cops, but though they have screentime, I would still argue that they're far more cardboard than the girls.)

Second, about the blood gag, I agree that it's a step FORWARD. Like Dave Foley's "I have a healthy attitude about mentruation" guy from KITH, it mentions it and jokes about opposed to the "it's so gross, I don't even want to think about it" mentality that's reigned for so long. I see much more equality in men and women joking about their differences together (or at least acknowledging them)than being afraid of bringing them up.