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Using the hand-out provided.
TV DRAMA &
SEXUALITY
Some TV Dramas with ‘gay’
characters
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Willow & Tara
Dawson’s Creek – Jack & Doug
Queer as Folk
The Sopranos – Vito
Six Feet Under – David & Keith
24 – Mandy
The Wire – Kima, Omar, William
The Sheild – Julien
The O.C. – Marissa, Alex
Nip/Tuck – Julia et al
One Tree Hill – Anna
Lost – Tom
The L Word
Desperate Housewives
Entourage
Shameless
Grey’s Anatomy
American Horror Story
Being Human
Ringer
Bones
Dr Who / Torchwood – Captain Jack
Ugly Betty – Justin, Mark, Alexis
Waterloo Road
Dexter – Isaak
Heroes – Gretchen
Reaper – Tony & Steve
The Tudors
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Skins
True Blood
Sons of Anarchy
FlashForward
Southland
Boardwalk Empire
Lip Service
Suburgatory
Game of Thrones
Smash
Traditional representations of
sexuality
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a
single man in possession of a good fortune
must be in want of a wife” – opening
sentence of Pride and Prejudice
 Heterosexuality
 Male and Female as Couple
 Traditionally centred around male ‘acquisition’
of the female
 Female attracted to male physical attributes
and/or wealth
Representational Stereotypes
Males Males
Homosexual Heterosexual
Females Females
Homosexual Male Stereotypes
 Gay men are portrayed as overly effeminate
 There can be the belief that all gay men desire to be women or are
feminine
 Gay characters are condemned to a life alone without children
 Mothers regret being too close to their sons, thinking that is what
"made" them gay
 The idea is that its just a phase.
 Drifting from one sexual liaison to another, they end up old and
alone; Gay men are only concerned with sex
 Gay men are flamboyant , feminine characters, have camp
mannerisms
 Represented as often feared, pitied or being the subject of laughter
 Gay men do professions like fashion, design and hair styling
 Gay men are often depicted as suffering family rejection
 Speak with a lisp
Choose TWO
Of the previous bulletpoints and use examples
from media you have seen/know about to justify.
e.g.
Gay men are flamboyant , feminine
characters, have camp mannerisms
= Cameron from Modern Family in the moment
where he screams running after the guy who hit
their car.
Homosexual Female
Stereotypes
 Gay women are portrayed as overly masculine
 Often represented to be aggressive and mouthy
 There is always the ‘masculine’ and the ‘feminine’ partner in
any gay female relationship
 Drifting from one sexual liaison to another, they end up old
and alone
 Gay women do jobs such as sports/P.E. teachers and military
and are butch
 Lesbians commonly represented as pursuing heterosexual
women.
 Gay women are often depicted as suffering family rejection
Choose TWO
Of the previous bulletpoints and use examples
from media you have seen/know about to justify.
e.g.
Gay women are portrayed as overly masculine
= Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black is
masculine and aggressive in her approach to
Piper.
Stereotypes about Bisexuals
People deny that bisexuality is real
They are confused, undecided, dabblers, insecure,
experimenting or “just going through a phase”.
People are either ‘gay, straight or lying’
They are promiscuous
They are greedy
Stereotypes about
Heterosexuals
 It is the ‘norm’
 ‘There is nothing at all wrong with
heterosexuality’
 Male partners are the abusers
 Straight couples always have children
Laura Mulvey’s Male Gaze
(1975)
 What is the Gaze?
The concept of gaze is one that deals with how
an audience views the people presented.
 It can be thought of in 3 ways:
1. How men look at women,
2. How women look at themselves,
3. How women look at other women.
Laura Mulvey’s male gaze
(1975)
 She believes that in film audiences have to
‘view’ characters from the perspective of a
heterosexual male.
Features of the Male Gaze
 The camera lingers on the curves of the female
body
 Events which occur to women are presented
largely in the context of a man's reaction to
these events.
 Relegates women to the status of objects.
Male sexuality
 The ‘Male Gaze’ – Laura Mulvey
Fragmentation – Viewing of the female body in
‘sections’ e.g. The camera will show a close-
up of a female body part – eyes, legs,
breasts...to typically represent the female from
a male viewpoint
 Objectification of women vs. romantic, caring
male
Sexuality TV Drama
 Watch this clip and LIST the editing/sound/camera/MES
techniques they use.
 Next to each item in the list, suggest why it has been used.
 Now pick out a 2 or 3 techniques and suggest how it adds to
the representation of sexuality.
E.g.
SRS – to show the character’s emotion – prolongs the
emotional impact and allows the audience to identify who they
should sympathise with.
(this also works with…
prevalence – longer screen time so they’re more important –
audience builds more of a relationship with them)
Glee – representations of
sexuality
"Dude. You're gay. And not like
Rock Hudson gay. I mean really
gay. You sing like Diana Ross
and you dress like you own a
magical chocolate factory."
Burt from Glee, giving son
Kurt a pep talk.
Glee – representations of
sexuality
Glee – representation of
sexuality
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THROUGH THE MICRO-
Fingersmith – January 2012
Representation of Sexuality
Read through
The moderators report with your group and summarise
for the class what successful students did in response to
the video…
This link is to a past paper which was high scoring. It
has the video, the exam typed up, and includes marks
and time written in.
This is another link to a paper written which is ungraded.
Grade it, post a comment on the class blog letting me
know your thoughts and what grade you would give it.
You should be able to post a comment on my post about
sexuality. In a few days go back and read other peoples
thoughts as well
HOMEWORK
Using the Torchwood video, write up an analysis
of the clip in terms of it’s representation of
sexuality through the micro-elements.
You can use the notes you wrote early but you
will probably need to do more.

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Tvdramasexuality

  • 1. Match the term with it’s definition Using the hand-out provided.
  • 3. Some TV Dramas with ‘gay’ characters Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Willow & Tara Dawson’s Creek – Jack & Doug Queer as Folk The Sopranos – Vito Six Feet Under – David & Keith 24 – Mandy The Wire – Kima, Omar, William The Sheild – Julien The O.C. – Marissa, Alex Nip/Tuck – Julia et al One Tree Hill – Anna Lost – Tom The L Word Desperate Housewives Entourage Shameless Grey’s Anatomy American Horror Story Being Human Ringer Bones Dr Who / Torchwood – Captain Jack Ugly Betty – Justin, Mark, Alexis Waterloo Road Dexter – Isaak Heroes – Gretchen Reaper – Tony & Steve The Tudors Gossip Girl Mad Men Skins True Blood Sons of Anarchy FlashForward Southland Boardwalk Empire Lip Service Suburgatory Game of Thrones Smash
  • 4. Traditional representations of sexuality “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” – opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice  Heterosexuality  Male and Female as Couple  Traditionally centred around male ‘acquisition’ of the female  Female attracted to male physical attributes and/or wealth
  • 6. Homosexual Male Stereotypes  Gay men are portrayed as overly effeminate  There can be the belief that all gay men desire to be women or are feminine  Gay characters are condemned to a life alone without children  Mothers regret being too close to their sons, thinking that is what "made" them gay  The idea is that its just a phase.  Drifting from one sexual liaison to another, they end up old and alone; Gay men are only concerned with sex  Gay men are flamboyant , feminine characters, have camp mannerisms  Represented as often feared, pitied or being the subject of laughter  Gay men do professions like fashion, design and hair styling  Gay men are often depicted as suffering family rejection  Speak with a lisp
  • 7. Choose TWO Of the previous bulletpoints and use examples from media you have seen/know about to justify. e.g. Gay men are flamboyant , feminine characters, have camp mannerisms = Cameron from Modern Family in the moment where he screams running after the guy who hit their car.
  • 8. Homosexual Female Stereotypes  Gay women are portrayed as overly masculine  Often represented to be aggressive and mouthy  There is always the ‘masculine’ and the ‘feminine’ partner in any gay female relationship  Drifting from one sexual liaison to another, they end up old and alone  Gay women do jobs such as sports/P.E. teachers and military and are butch  Lesbians commonly represented as pursuing heterosexual women.  Gay women are often depicted as suffering family rejection
  • 9. Choose TWO Of the previous bulletpoints and use examples from media you have seen/know about to justify. e.g. Gay women are portrayed as overly masculine = Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black is masculine and aggressive in her approach to Piper.
  • 10. Stereotypes about Bisexuals People deny that bisexuality is real They are confused, undecided, dabblers, insecure, experimenting or “just going through a phase”. People are either ‘gay, straight or lying’ They are promiscuous They are greedy
  • 11. Stereotypes about Heterosexuals  It is the ‘norm’  ‘There is nothing at all wrong with heterosexuality’  Male partners are the abusers  Straight couples always have children
  • 12. Laura Mulvey’s Male Gaze (1975)  What is the Gaze? The concept of gaze is one that deals with how an audience views the people presented.  It can be thought of in 3 ways: 1. How men look at women, 2. How women look at themselves, 3. How women look at other women.
  • 13. Laura Mulvey’s male gaze (1975)  She believes that in film audiences have to ‘view’ characters from the perspective of a heterosexual male. Features of the Male Gaze  The camera lingers on the curves of the female body  Events which occur to women are presented largely in the context of a man's reaction to these events.  Relegates women to the status of objects.
  • 14. Male sexuality  The ‘Male Gaze’ – Laura Mulvey Fragmentation – Viewing of the female body in ‘sections’ e.g. The camera will show a close- up of a female body part – eyes, legs, breasts...to typically represent the female from a male viewpoint  Objectification of women vs. romantic, caring male
  • 15. Sexuality TV Drama  Watch this clip and LIST the editing/sound/camera/MES techniques they use.  Next to each item in the list, suggest why it has been used.  Now pick out a 2 or 3 techniques and suggest how it adds to the representation of sexuality. E.g. SRS – to show the character’s emotion – prolongs the emotional impact and allows the audience to identify who they should sympathise with. (this also works with… prevalence – longer screen time so they’re more important – audience builds more of a relationship with them)
  • 16. Glee – representations of sexuality "Dude. You're gay. And not like Rock Hudson gay. I mean really gay. You sing like Diana Ross and you dress like you own a magical chocolate factory." Burt from Glee, giving son Kurt a pep talk.
  • 17. Glee – representations of sexuality
  • 18. Glee – representation of sexuality
  • 20. Fingersmith – January 2012 Representation of Sexuality
  • 21. Read through The moderators report with your group and summarise for the class what successful students did in response to the video… This link is to a past paper which was high scoring. It has the video, the exam typed up, and includes marks and time written in. This is another link to a paper written which is ungraded. Grade it, post a comment on the class blog letting me know your thoughts and what grade you would give it. You should be able to post a comment on my post about sexuality. In a few days go back and read other peoples thoughts as well
  • 22. HOMEWORK Using the Torchwood video, write up an analysis of the clip in terms of it’s representation of sexuality through the micro-elements. You can use the notes you wrote early but you will probably need to do more.