Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. I have a nice hardcover but was looking for one that I could throw in my handbag. While I am generally able to follow sexual readings of films, I never cease to be baffled by the seemingly manic need of certain sexual critics to redefine the entire world according to the shape of their genitals. The Wizard of Oz as an Asexual Journey The Wizard of Oz is not a movie that springs to my mind when it comes to discussions of sexuality, queer or otherwise. The Wicked Witch of the East, like her sister, is easily interpreted as the sexuality Dorothy subconsciously wants to escape, regardless of her initial interest in the concept. Published at the dawn of the twentieth century, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz immediately captivated child and adult readers alike. While it is not known for certain, it has been hypothesized that a disproportionate number of fag hags might be asexual women, or women with low sex drives. With her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, they brave many dangers in search of the Wonderful Wizard in his Emerald City at the heart of Oz to ask him to grant each of them what they most desire - only to find that they already possess it. But Dorothy has made an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West. It's unfortunate that Doty's article isn't available on the internet you have to get one of his books to read it , but I think you'll still get the picture. Harold in Italy Mmkay, so for my big final paper in my gender and film class, I did a full-blown asexual reading of The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz as Lesbian Fantasy. It is small light and portable. Glinda, however, knew that it was necessary for Dorothy to recognize and accept her asexuality on her own. Once she has done so, she is free to return to her happy asexual state, secure in herself as an asexual woman. The difference between Oz and Glinda, however, is that while Glinda sends Dorothy off on a journey of self-discovery, Oz tries only to push his own asexual identity onto Dorothy without allowing her to explore her sexual potential for herself.