Day 23 Non-normative Sexualities in Media
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Day 23 Non-normative Sexualities in Media Day 23 Non-normative Sexualities in Media Presentation Transcript

  • Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 280: Gender, Sex, & Popular Culture Gonzaga University Non-normative Sexualities in Media
  • Historical LGBT Tropes • Tortured/Tragic/Suicidal/Dead Homosexual • Sympathetic Victim (Bullying/bashing, HIV) • Sexually/Gender Deviant Villain • Homosexual Predator (lusting after straight people) • Humorous Campy Sidekick
  • Rapid Changes Source: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/how-opinion-on-same-sex-marriage-is-changing-and-what-it-means/?_r=0 Mass. Marriage Decision Ellen Came Out
  • Media Normalization • During this period we saw a rapid proliferation of sympathetic (though not always positive media representations of gays and lesbians). • Example of how media is normative: • Though in this case media may play a role in shifting society towards acceptance , media’s normative roll can also work to reinforce prejudice.
  • New Tropes •The Badass Homosexual •The Straight Acting Homosexual
  • Desperate for Representation •What is Pratt’s main argument? •How does The L Word constitute a move forward for lesbian representation? •In what ways does it fall short? •Which lesbians are represented? Which are left out?
  • Cultural Studies: The L Word •Identify the components of Pratt’s argument that •Political Economy •Textual Analysis •Media Effects
  • Trans* Representations •How do we see trans* people represented? •In what ways are these representations positive/negative? •What tropes of Trans* people can you identify?
  • Homophobia •What is Clarkson’s main argument? •How would you characterize the world view of the members of StraightActing.com? • What do they see as the “problem” among gay men?
  • What is the root? •Based on media representations of feminine presenting gay men, what would you say is the root of homophobia?