Lesbians on Television

This book offers a unique and layered account of the complex dynamics in the modern moment of social change, drawing together critical social and cultural theory as well empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform media ...

Lesbians on Television

Author: Kate McNicholas Smith

Publisher: Intellect (UK)

ISBN: 9781789382808

Page: 220

View: 449

The twenty-first century has seen LGBTQ+ rights emerge at the forefront of public discourse and national politics in ways that would once have been hard to imagine. Focusing on the small screens of Europe and North America, Lesbians on Television maps the contemporary shifts in lesbian visibility within popular media and, from this, extracts a figure of the new 'lesbian normal' that both helps and hinders those it represents. This book offers a unique and layered account of the complex dynamics in the modern moment of social change, drawing together critical social and cultural theory as well empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform media analyses. Structured around five central case studies of popular British and American television shows featuring lesbian, bisexual and queer women characters - The L Word, Skins, Glee, Coronation Street and The Fosters - the book develops a detailed analysis of the shaping of a new 'lesbian normal' through representations of lesbian teenagers, cheerleaders, wives and mothers amongst other LGBTQ+ figures. With a focus on television, Kate McNicholas Smith expands to map the lesbian figure through publicity materials, news reports, political speeches, legislative changes, social media, fandoms and audiences. Appearing in highly accessible media forms, such as the soap opera, and extending into the digital media platforms in which they are repeated and remade, new lesbian figures exist at a site of struggle over the possibilities of queer women's intelligibility, intimacy and futurity.

The Prime Time Closet

This book is witty and insightful, accessible and illuminating, a look into what has become an integral part of American media culture.

The Prime Time Closet

Author: Stephen Tropiano

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476847983

Page: 352

View: 774

(Applause Books). Television history was made on April 30, 1997, when comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom alter-ego Ellen Morgan, "came out" to her close friends and 36 million viewers. This groundbreaking episode represented a significant milestone in Amerian television. For the first time, a TV series centered around a lesbian character who was portrayed by an openly gay actor. The millions of viewers who tuned in that historic night were witnesses to a new era in television. The Prime Time Closet offers an entertaining and in-depth glimpse into homosexuality on television from the 1950s through today. Divided into four sections, each devoted to a major television genre, this unique book explores how gay men and lesbians have been depicted in over three hundred television episodes and made-for-TV films. These include medical series, police/detective shows, situation comedies and TV dramas. The Prime Time Closet also reveals how television's treatement of homosexuality has reflected and reinforced society's ignorance about and fear of gay men and lesbians. At the same time, it celebrates programs like Ellen and Will & Grace that have broken new ground in their sensitive and enlightened approach to homosexuality and gay-related themes. This book is witty and insightful, accessible and illuminating, a look into what has become an integral part of American media culture.

Lesbians in Television and Text After the Millennium

Beirne places these works in the context of political and cultural trends of the post-millennial period and compares them to cultural representations of lesbians from the past.

Lesbians in Television and Text After the Millennium

Author: Rebecca Beirne

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230606746

Page: 233

View: 707

Taking up such issues as mainstreaming, the male gaze, and female masculinity, this book puts forward provocative readings of little explored texts and offers new insights into the contemporary representation of lesbians.

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

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Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

Author: R. Beirne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230615015

Page: 233

View: 266

Taking up such issues as mainstreaming, the male gaze, and female masculinity, this book puts forward provocative readings of little explored texts and offers new insights into the contemporary representation of lesbians.

Televising Queer Women

This timely collection provides high-quality interdisciplinary essays which address lesbian and bisexual representation in popular television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, E.R., Queer as Folk, Sex and the ...

Televising Queer Women

Author: Rebecca Beirne

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN:

Page: 251

View: 506

The first academic anthology to critically and explicitly address the representation of lesbian and bisexual women on a range of television series. This timely collection provides high-quality interdisciplinary essays which address lesbian and bisexual representation in popular television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, E.R., Queer as Folk, Sex and the City, The L Word and The O.C. -- from publisher description.

Alternate Channels

Explores the evolution of homosexual portrayals on America's airwaves, from its strictly tabooed status, to its earliest uses of innuendo and stereotypes, through the emerging gay rights movements, to the works of the present day.

Alternate Channels

Author: Steven Capsuto

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 495

View: 820

Explores the evolution of homosexual portrayals on America's airwaves, from its strictly tabooed status, to its earliest uses of innuendo and stereotypes, through the emerging gay rights movements, to the works of the present day. Original.

Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema

Hollywood's depiction of gays and lesbians has almost always been stereotypical, from the extremely effeminate characters portrayed by Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore and Grady Sutton in the 1930s to the gay characters in To Be or Not to Be ...

Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema

Author: James Robert Parish

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 496

View: 992

Hollywood's depiction of gays and lesbians has almost always been stereotypical, from the extremely effeminate characters portrayed by Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore and Grady Sutton in the 1930s to the gay characters in To Be or Not to Be (1983) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). A contrasting depiction--the homicidal homosexual--has been the basis for such popular films as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).This comprehensive filmography to homosexual characters in mainstream movies, 1914-1992, includes full cast and credits, production information, reviews, and an analysis of the film with an essay blending critical commentary and a synopsis of each film.

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

The book contains criticisms of characters in such shows as Six Feet Under, Queer As Folk, Friends and Ellen.

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476609071

Page: 222

View: 139

Television is awash with newly embraced gay and lesbian themes that have crossed over into the collective pop culture of America. Dramas like Queer As Folk and The L Word, comedies like Will & Grace,and even reality shows including the popular Queer Eye for the Straight Guy signify a new commercial acceptance of homosexuality that has never been seen before in the United States. However, the increasing exposure has prompted critics to argue that the gay and lesbian representation on television is oversimplified and is rife with one-dimensional characters. Ultimately, the viewers will decide the future of homosexuality and homosexual characters on television. The text offers essays that explore such topics as the politics of representation and the clash of progressive and regressive social agendas in television and the emphasis on the search for a space for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered within the mainstream media. The book contains criticisms of characters in such shows as Six Feet Under, Queer As Folk, Friends and Ellen.

The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media Society and Politics

More than one hundred articles, essays, and primary documents cover the formation of gay identity, religious, scientific, medical, and legal perspectives, the mainstream media, lesbian and gay media, and community prospects and tactics- ...

The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media  Society  and Politics

Author: Larry P. Gross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231104470

Page: 665

View: 707

More than one hundred articles, essays, and primary documents cover the formation of gay identity, religious, scientific, medical, and legal perspectives, the mainstream media, lesbian and gay media, and community prospects and tactics--from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's essay, "How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay," to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons," to a 1947 Newsweek article, "Homosexuals in Uniform".

Challenging Lesbian Norms

This text sensitively explores difficult issues about gender policing and the viewpoints in lesbian communities that hold that transgender, intersectional, and queer individuals are considered to have 'false consciousness.

Challenging Lesbian Norms

Author: Angela Pattatucci-Aragon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136575510

Page: 288

View: 121

What constitutes lesbian identity? The term homonormativity describes current prevailing idealized assumptions about lesbian identity. This concept, however, marginalizes subgroups within the greater lesbian population. Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives dynamically confronts homonormativity in lesbian communities by presenting expert multidisciplinary discussion about what is a definable lesbian identity. This text sensitively explores difficult issues about gender policing and the viewpoints in lesbian communities that hold that transgender, intersectional, and queer individuals are considered to have 'false consciousness.' Consequences of lesbian normativity, both for lesbian communities and for marginalized groups are examined through literary criticism, lesbian, feminist, and queer theories, corporeal philosophy, film, television, cultural criticism, personal narratives, public health, and field research. The issue of the authenticity of lesbian identity causes rifts between some lesbian communities and the groups that strive to be included, yet are still marginalized. Challenging Lesbian Norms directly exposes practices and beliefs within lesbian communities that lead to the assumption of the prototypical lesbian. The book courageously reveals the similarities of lesbian normative stances with other views such as Christian conservative rhetoric, and reviews the health consequences of being marginalized within the lesbian communities. This text actively challenges the foundational notion within lesbian communities that a stable, immutable lesbian sex exists. Topics in Challenging Lesbian Norms include: human physiology, the flexibility of sexuality, and biologic determinism marginalization within lesbian communities transexualism and Lesbian Theory gender and sexual identity construction, partnering practices, and issues involving queer-identified youth demystification of the gay vibe from a femme queer woman’s perspective lesbian feminism, gender policing, and casting butch, FTM, and transgendered subjectivities as “false conciousness” representations of lesbians in television movies Native-American “two-spirit” women teaching transgender, and its transformative effect identity modeling inclusion of transgender and intersex individuals within the lesbian communities transgender characters in film Latina lesbians and mental health Challenging Lesbian Norms is stimulating, eye-opening reading that is perfect for activists, educators and students in LGBT and women’s studies, and public health professionals.

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

This book is extremely informative and includes detailed appendixes . HARBECK
( 1991 ) is also a significant contribution to the literature on and by gay male and
lesbian teachers . MARY K. BLOODSWORTH Television : Representations of ...

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

Author: Timothy F. Murphy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781579581428

Page: 720

View: 841

The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).

Killing Off the Lesbians

It is a form of symbolic annihilation and it has had an impact in real life. When more women are working behind the scenes, what appears on-screen also becomes more diverse--yet unhappily the story lines don't necessarily change.

Killing Off the Lesbians

Author: Liz Millward

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476668167

Page: 205

View: 488

Spoiler Alert: the lesbian character always dies. That is what seems to happen in television shows and films from all around the world. But is it true and is it something new? And does it even matter when women who love women can be found right across the media landscape? Looking at the fates of characters over decades, this wide-ranging and lively book argues that killing off the lesbian--even if she only appears via the subtext--is nothing new. It is a form of symbolic annihilation that has an impact in real life. Industry surveys and scholarly studies show that it is now easier for actors to come out and be role models. When more women are working behind the scenes the quality of what appears on-screen also becomes more diverse, but the storylines do not necessarily change. From the Xenaverse to GLAAD to the Lexa Pledge, fans have demanded better from the entertainment industry. As their fan fiction migrates from the computer screen to the printed page, they reanimate the dead and insist on happy endings.

Gay TV and Straight America

Drawing on political and cultural indicators to explain the sudden upsurge of gay material on prime-time network television in the 1990s, this book brings together analysis of relevant Supreme Court rulings, media coverage of gay rights ...

Gay TV and Straight America

Author: Ron Becker

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813536898

Page: 283

View: 521

Drawing on political and cultural indicators to explain the sudden upsurge of gay material on prime-time network television in the 1990s, this book brings together analysis of relevant Supreme Court rulings, media coverage of gay rights battles, debates about multiculturalism, concerns over political correctness, and more.

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

She is also completing a book on National Television : U.S. Prime Time and the
Public Sphere . In the following essay on HeartBeat , a primetime TV drama with
a lesbian character , Torres examines the contradictions in the ways that ...

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

Author: Barale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415905190

Page: 666

View: 198

On homosexuality.

Lesbian Discourses

Political lesbian television is restricted to programmes rather than whole
channels but has existed since 1993, in the form of New Yorkbased Dyke TV,
which is run on donations and grants. In 2004, the debate on lesbian chic was
rekindled by ...

Lesbian Discourses

Author: Veronika Koller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135900507

Page: 238

View: 444

Lesbian Discourses is the first book-length treatment of lesbian text and discourse. It looks at what changing images of community American and British lesbian authors have communicated since 1970, how this change can be traced in texts such as pamphlets, magazines and blogs, and why this change has taken place. At the heart of the book is a detailed linguistic analysis, which is embedded in a discussion of the relevant socio-political contexts and discourse practices, and supplemented by interview data. The book can more generally be read as an example of how to do textual analysis in social research, in particular how to engage in the discourse-historical and socio-cognitive study of collective identity. Despite its text-centered approach, the book avoids being overly technical and will therefore be of interest not only to postgraduate students and researchers in linguistics but also to those in anthropology, history and sociology, especially women’s/gender studies.

Queer Un Friendly Film and Television

This work studies recent cinematic and television depictions of gays and lesbians.

Queer  Un Friendly Film and Television

Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786481026

Page: 221

View: 271

In the past, representations of alternative lifestyles on film were, even in their most explicit forms, faint and ambiguous, and the television industry was even more conservative. But in more recent years, thanks in part to the success of such films as Philadelphia, The Birdcage, To Wong Fu and In & Out, and television programs such as Will & Grace, a collective effort is underway to construct a positive new public image for gays and lesbians. This work studies recent cinematic and television depictions of gays and lesbians. It examines the gay male conversion fantasy in Get Real, Beautiful Thing, I Think I Do, and Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, the metaphor of the aging artist as a teacher to young gay men in Love and Death on Long Island and Gods and Monsters, gay violence in Shakespeare and The Talented Mr. Ripley, unacknowledged homophobia and theories of traditional masculinity in Gladiator, the ethical complexities of the human genome project and genetic screening for the gene associated with homosexuality in Twilight of the Golds, profanity and protest masculinity in The Usual Suspects, the controversy arising when the cast of Will & Grace urged Californians to vote against the Knight Initiative refusing recognition to same-sex marriages, male egotism in Flawless, gay parenting and other family issues in The Birdcage, The Object of My Affection, and The Next Best Thing, and rehabilitating homophobia in American Beauty, Urbania, Oz, Kiss Me Guido, Chuck & Buck, and Billy Elliot.

Girl Reel

Recollects the author's coming-of-age as a teenage lesbian exploring and identifying her sexuality through pivotal films, focusing on the relationship between film and reality in regards to the portrayal of women and lesbians on screen.

Girl Reel

Author: Bonnie J. Morris

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781566890946

Page: 167

View: 527

Recollects the author's coming-of-age as a teenage lesbian exploring and identifying her sexuality through pivotal films, focusing on the relationship between film and reality in regards to the portrayal of women and lesbians on screen.

Queer Love in Film and Television

As evidenceofthe lesbianhunger for lesbian representation on television,Warn
citesthetremendous growthof her website, AfterEllen.com. Begun asa “hobby” in
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Queer Love in Film and Television

Author: Pamela Demory

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137272988

Page: 292

View: 784

This turn-of-the-century moment - when queer love has become increasingly visible in both popular culture and socio-political realms - provides an ideal occasion for a critical examination of same-sex love stories in the media. Focusing primarily on film and televisual texts from the ten years before and after the millennium, the essays collected in Queer Love in Film and Television ask how recent films and television programs play with, imitate, subvert, mock, critique, and queer the romantic narrative conventions so common in Western culture. The collection follows the trajectory of the conventional romance narrative, from the pursuit of romantic love to the creation of families, and then it pushes further, into marginal regions where conventional narratives fail to venture, and then turns back to consider how that narrative is itself transformed (or queered) through adaptation.

Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

Here, acclaimed social historian Stephen Bourne tells the story of the innovation, experimentation, back-tracking and bravery that led British television to help change society for the better.

Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

Author: Stephen Bourne

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750993634

Page: 224

View: 172

THE TELEVISION SET – the humble box in the corner of almost every British household – has brought about some of the biggest social changes in modern times. It gives us a window into the lives of people who are different from us: different classes, different races, different sexualities. And through this window, we’ve learnt that, perhaps, we’re not so different after all. Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV looks at gay male representation on and off the small screen – from the programmes that hinted at homoeroticism to Mary Whitehouse’s Clean Up TV campaign, and The Naked Civil Servant to the birth of Channel 4 as an exciting ‘alternative’ television channel. Here, acclaimed social historian Stephen Bourne tells the story of the innovation, experimentation, back-tracking and bravery that led British television to help change society for the better.