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27. software brought up: Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas unique (1989, CBS, W. Orr and P. Reubens). 28. Given Bernhard's strikes among suggesting that males, then girls, are the items of her sexual curiosity — together with her playfully frustrating "girlfriend" posing with Madonna and her Playboy nude picture structure (39, no. nine, September 1992: 70— seventy seven) during which she poses with women and men — Bernhard's public personality will be noticeable as bisexual instead of as femme dyke. Pee-wee's soreness with Bernhard's flirtations within the scene stated right here, then, may be learn because the reaction of a homosexual con fronted with bisexuality. 29. D. A. Miller, "Anal Rope," Representations 32 (Fall 1990): 118-19. 30. between those kinds of articles and interviews released on the peak of the Pee-wee craze have been Ian Penman, "America's Sweetheart," The Face 87 (July 1987): 14-19, seventy five; Barry Walters, "Triumph of the Twerp," Village Voice (September 23, 1986): 43-44; Jack Barth, "Pee Wee TV," movie remark 22, no. 6 (November-De- 133 134 N O T E S T O P A G E S nine 2 - 1 zero 1 cember 1986): seventy nine; T. Gertler, "The Pee-Wee Perplex," Rolling Stone (February 12, 1987): three 7 ^ zero , a hundred, 102-3; Margy Rochlin, "Pee-wee Herman," Interview 17, no. 7 (July 1987): 45-50. 31. Henry Jenkins III, " 'Going Bonkers! ': childrens, Play and Pee-wee," digicam Obscura 17 (1988): 182. 32. The Penley article does a superb task of seriously studying the construction background of Pee-wee's Playhouse, creating a strong case for the unsleeping dangers the internet paintings took in "transforming a sexually risque paintings of functionality artwork [The Pee-wee Herman convey] right into a kid's tv application. " Penley is going directly to say that "what is brilliant is that CBS by no means puzzled or censored the show's presentation of intercourse uality, together with its transparent allusions to homosexuality" ("Dr. Pee-wee," 144-45). 33. Ibid. , 136. 34. My homosexual interpreting of the sexual connotations surrounding Pee-wee's bicycle is partially a reaction to Winning's interpretation of the motorcycle in traditional pop Freud dream-fantasy phrases as "a powerful phallic image" since it is "something that is speedy, purple, has a head, and most significantly, suits among his [Pee-wee's] legs" ("Pee Wee Herman Un-Mascs," 58). within the context of Winning's immediately examining of Peewee's personality, this is sensible, as does seeing the lack of the motorcycle as representing castration anxiousness. yet i might prefer to provide a queer—specifically a homosexual male — studying of this comparable bicycle and its symbolic sexual features in Pee-wee's global. up to whatever that "fits among his legs," the motorcycle is whatever Pee-wee sits on. In his travel de France dream, Pee-wee "is using erect," as successful notes, as he excitedly pedals his motorbike over the end line. instead of Pee-wee's personal misplaced penis or phallus, the motorcycle might signify that of one other guy. So Pee-wee's actions on his motorbike wouldn't merely signify masturbatory autoeroticism and castration, because the sexual excitement and loss right here should be attached to anal intercourse or dildo play and the lack of a intercourse associate or a intercourse toy.