What is it about?

Parody can be a strategy for coping with feelings of powerlessness. This essay explains the artistic process and motivations for making a stop-motion film short. The film uses collage and taboo themes to parody extreme American masculinity and aggression.

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Why is it important?

There is a global movement under way to encourage conservative values, which can at times suppress social tolerance. Increasingly, there are conservatives who take a physically aggressive approach and place a high value on exaggerated masculinity. In the spirit of participating in an arena for the democratic exchange of ideas, the essay and film short offer a critical take on this wave of masculine, conservative aggression. The film short takes the chaos of violent protests and exchanges seriousness for playfulness to ease tension.


Making the stop-motion film short "Party Stick" was an absolute delight. By writing the essay I was better able to understand my own motivations. Although the work is provocative, it is meant to open dialogue not shut it down as so often seems to be the case in contemporary culture.

Lori Hall-Araujo

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This page is a summary of: Party Stick: An essay, Fashion Style & Popular Culture, March 2023, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/fspc_00148_1.
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