SEXUAL IDENTITY IN TV DRAMA Can you tell theirs?
HOW COULD SEXUAL IDENTITY BE REPRESENTED? HOW CAN YOU POSITION THEM AGAINST EACH OTHER? What do they look like? Wear? Sound like? Do for a living? How do they behave? Sexual Identity1. Homosexual man Vs Heterosexual man3. Homosexual woman Vs Hetrosexual womanConsider linking the micro elements – how would you represent this identity?
HOMOSEXUAL REPRESENTATION STEREOTYPESHomosexual Males:Gay men are portrayed as overly effeminateThere can be the belief that all gay men desire to be women or are feminineGay characters are condemned to a life alone without childrenMothers regret being too close to their sons, thinking that is what "made" them gayThe 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 sexGay men are flamboyant , feminine characters, have camp mannerismsRepresented as often feared, pitied or being the subject of laughterGay men do professions like fashions, material design and hair stylingGay men are often depicted as suffering family rejectionSpeak with a lisp
Homosexual Females:Gay women are portrayed as overly masculineOften represented to be aggressive and mouthyThere is always the ‘masculine’ and the ‘feminine’ partner in any gay female relationshipDrifting from one sexual liaison to another, they end up old and aloneGay women do jobs such as sports/P.E. teachers and military and are butchLesbians commonly represented as pursuing heterosexual women.Gay women are often depicted as suffering family rejection
IN THE 50’S...People saw homosexuality as if it were a disease. They had television adverts warning young boys to beware of homosexuals; in the advert a gay man is in a car and makes a young man get in. There is a voiceover of people saying that you should beware of homosexual men as they are predators and groom young boys.
SOPHIE AND SIAN – Homosexuality on TVCORONATION STREET
STEREOTYPES ABOUT BISEXUALS People deny that bisexuality is realThey 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 HETEROSEXUALSThey are always monogamousIt is the ‘norm’‘There is nothing at all wrong with heterosexuality’Male partners are the abusersStraight couples always have children
VIEWING OF PAST EXAM EXTRACT Be prepared to feedback your observations on the representation of sexuality
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 GazeThe camera lingers on the curves of the female bodyEvents which occur to women are presented largely in the context of a mans reaction to these events.Relegates women to the status of objects.