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Challenging Heterosexism from the Other Point of View - Representations of Homosexuality in Queer as Folk and The L Word


Frei, Dana. Challenging Heterosexism from the Other Point of View - Representations of Homosexuality in Queer as Folk and The L Word. 2012, University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts.

Abstract

As opposed to many of their more reserved predecessors, modern television serials such as Queer as Folk and The L Word, which concentrate predominantly on queer characters, dare to include numerous highly controversial story lines, feature explicit sex scenes and reflect upon previously tabooed aspects in their depiction of homosexuality.
Challenging Heterosexism from the Other Point of View discusses how these specifically queer shows fulfill a function of challenging institutionalized attitudes of society, such as dichotomous notions of gender, heterosexism or homophobia. Moreover, the question is raised whether they also serve to do the opposite unintentionally, by reinforcing stereotypes and potentially creating a rather rigid image of the concept of homosexual identity. The complexity of the cultural impact suggested by these series defines the focal point of the qualitative content analysis of these innovative media products.

Abstract

As opposed to many of their more reserved predecessors, modern television serials such as Queer as Folk and The L Word, which concentrate predominantly on queer characters, dare to include numerous highly controversial story lines, feature explicit sex scenes and reflect upon previously tabooed aspects in their depiction of homosexuality.
Challenging Heterosexism from the Other Point of View discusses how these specifically queer shows fulfill a function of challenging institutionalized attitudes of society, such as dichotomous notions of gender, heterosexism or homophobia. Moreover, the question is raised whether they also serve to do the opposite unintentionally, by reinforcing stereotypes and potentially creating a rather rigid image of the concept of homosexual identity. The complexity of the cultural impact suggested by these series defines the focal point of the qualitative content analysis of these innovative media products.

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Item Type:Dissertation
Referees:Tomkowiak Ingrid, Heusser Martin
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:23 Jan 2013 10:59
Last Modified:23 Aug 2017 03:57
Number of Pages:345
ISBN:978-3-0343-1107-6
Related URLs:http://www.peterlang.com/ (Publisher)

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