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  • 1. Queer Theory
  • 2. • Queer Theory rejects conventional or mainstream behaviour, including sexual identity, but also a range of identities including race, disability and gender.• It rejects the essentialist nature of theories of identity based on binary oppositions like male/female, gay/straight and argues there is another space outside which is ‘queer’.
  • 3. • Queer texts either deal with queer themes and have queer characters or are read as queer• Characters are often outsiders, on the edge of society• There has been some improvement in the representation of gay men and lesbians in the media, but queer theory rejects simple positive representations which it argues are based on queer characters and values fitting it and being acceptable to a heterosexual, mainstream audience.• Queer genres of often subvert traditional genre rules
  • 4. Brokeback Mountain official trailer• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1l7JZA5 LQc
  • 5. Serbian anti-gay protest footage• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znp8kTGy Rx0
  • 6. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Obama• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOTX0O mlNk
  • 7. Omar – The Wire• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2whjwbcS xg8• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGNwu- O7rJ8• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5Pb8M HIy2s
  • 8. Christian and Syed• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTzDzEBnT dA
  • 9. John Inman• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOmS3sb 9oxE
  • 10. George Osbourne (Chancellor of the Exchequer)• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_UPGtjA 7iM
  • 11. The West Wing – Jed and the homophobe• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5- zhNiGlogQ
  • 12. ‘The Old Homosexual Warning’• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3S24ofE Qj4&feature=related
  • 13. Will and Grace• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt9sPh09j Xw
  • 14. B&B refuse gay couple, April 2010• http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8602371.stm• http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hom e-news/gay-couple-win-bed-and-breakfast- snub-case-2187347.html• http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/la w-and-order/8266097/Gay-couple-awarded- damages-after-Christian-hotel-owners- refused-to-let-them-share-double-room.html
  • 15. Section A• Evaluate how the gay community is represented in both products (8 marks)• To what extent has the media given a more positive representation of gay people over the last fifteen years? (8 marks)• ‘It is wrong to show lifestyles beyond the mainstream before the watershed.’ How far do you agree with this statement? (12 marks)
  • 16. Possible theories to consider• Queer theory• Binary opposition• Moral panic• Marxism