“Out by Sixteen”: Queer(ed) Girls in <em>Ginger Snaps</em>

  • Tanis MacDonald
Keywords: LGBTQ, queer, monstrosity, Ginger Snaps


The Canadian cult-horror film Ginger Snaps (2000) was marketed as a wry and wrenching adolescent female version of B-movie transformation narratives, conflating puberty with monstrosity while exposing how excesses of representation alter the effect of gender as a technology of feminine identity. Ginger Snaps complicates horror-film convention by emphasizing the intense relationship between the Fitzgerald sisters, suggesting that lesbian desire is part of the sisters’ resistance to normativity, best revealed by their blood pact to be “out by sixteen or dead in the scene.” By matching the heterosexual male werewolf’s appetite for the female body, Ginger’s teen-lesbian werewolf poses a visual and sexual conundrum in the contemporary Gothic horror film.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2011.0001

Author Biography

Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of a forthcoming study on the feminist elegy in Canada, The Daughter’s Way: Canadian Women’s Paternal Elegies (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012), and of three books of poetry, most recent of which is Rue the Day (Turnstone, 2008). She is also the editor of Speaking of Power: The Poetry of Di Brandt (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2006).

How to Cite
MacDonald, T. (2011). “Out by Sixteen”: Queer(ed) Girls in <em>Ginger Snaps</em&gt;. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 3(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/54