Day 23 Non-normative Sexualities in Media

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Day 23 Non-normative Sexualities in Media

  1. 1. Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 280: Gender, Sex, & Popular Culture Gonzaga University Non-normative Sexualities in Media
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. New Tropes •The Badass Homosexual •The Straight Acting Homosexual
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. Cultural Studies: The L Word •Identify the components of Pratt’s argument that •Political Economy •Textual Analysis •Media Effects
  8. 8. 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?
  9. 9. 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?
  10. 10. What is the root? •Based on media representations of feminine presenting gay men, what would you say is the root of homophobia?

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