Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 280: Gender, Sex, & Popular Culture
Sexualities in Media
Historical LGBT Tropes
• Sympathetic Victim (Bullying/bashing, HIV)
• Sexually/Gender Deviant Villain
• Homosexual Predator (lusting after
• Humorous Campy Sidekick
Mass. Marriage Decision
Ellen Came Out
• 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.
Desperate for Representation
•What is Pratt’s main argument?
•How does The L Word constitute a
move forward for lesbian
•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
•How do we see trans* people
•In what ways are these
•What tropes of Trans* people can you
•What is Clarkson’s main argument?
•How would you characterize the
world view of the members of
• 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