Reagan Ross, Marylhurst UniversityAn essay by Marylhurst faculty member Reagan Ross on the film American Psycho was published in the academic journal Fast Capitalism.

In Inside Doesn’t Matter: Consumerism’s Serial Annihilation of Women and the Self in American Psycho, Reagan Ross writes:

Perhaps no film more radically reveals the “serial killer” (cannibalistic) nature of consumerism than American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron). The implications of this disturbing “reality” are cataclysmically far reaching: The end of the world may not come from some tangible material catastrophe (at least insofar as it isn’t a corollary of this dehumanization process); rather, more insidiously, it may come via a psychological de-humanization process whereby we literally lose our humanity from the inside out. To understand this development, the film didactically reveals an all-consuming consumption fixation that begins with a food fetish but then is extended to the consumption of women in particular, Others in general, and, most disturbingly – and informing the first two – the “self.”

Fast Capitalism is an academic journal with a political intent. The journal publishes reviewed scholarship and essays about the impact of rapid information and communication technologies on self, society and culture in the 21st century.

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Reagan Ross teaches in the B.A. in Culture & Media Studies program at Marylhurst University. His areas of expertise are film and media studies, critical theory, political criticism, post-Marxism, utopian/dystopian studies, women’s studies and masculinity studies.