Men Wanted: Female Masculinity in Sergei Livnev's Hammer and Sickle

Lilya Kaganovsky

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The article discusses female masculinity in the 1994 Russian film "Hammer and Sickle," directed by Sergei Livnev. The movie is a comedy about a Russian woman who underwent a sex change operation. The film provides a perfect vehicle for thinking about sex and gender, and masculinity and the body, as notions that do not always or necessarily map onto one another. Despite its focus on the production and construction of male subjectivity throughout the movie, it proposes a naturalized relation between maleness and power, between masculinity and action.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-246
Number of pages18
JournalSlavic and East European Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007


  • Livnev, Sergei
  • Russia (Federation)--Cinema
  • Russia (Federation)--Family and Gender Issues
  • Russia (Federation)--Gender Issues
  • Russia (Federation)--Motion Picture Producers and Directors
  • Russia (Federation)--Stalinism


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