Lesbians on Television

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 as empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform ...

Author: Kate McNicholas Smith

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781789382822

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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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. 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 as empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform media analyses. This original new study puts forward a much-needed analysis of twenty-first century television and lesbian visibility. Books addressing the representation of lesbians have tended to focus on film; analysis of queer characters on television has usually focused on representations of gay males. Other recent books have attempted to address lesbian, gay and trans representation together, with the result that none are examined in sufficient detail – here, the exclusive focus on lesbian representation allows a fuller discussion. Until now, much of the research on lesbian and gay representation has tended to employ only textual analysis. The combination of audience research with analysis in this book brings a new angle to the debates, as does the critical review of the tropes of lesbian representation. The earlier stereotypes of pathological monsters and predators are discussed alongside the more recent trends of ‘lesbian chic’ and ‘lesbianism as a phase’.
Categories: Social Science

The Prime Time Closet

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.

Author: Stephen Tropiano

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781476847986

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 861

(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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Lesbians in Television and Text After the Millennium

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.

Author: Rebecca Beirne

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0230606741

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

View: 242

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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

<http://www.slayage.tv/essays/slayage8/Battis.htm>. Bawer, Bruce. A Place at the
Table: The Gay Individual in American Society. 1993. New York: Touchstone,
1994. Beadling, Laura. “Queerness and the Lesbian-Identified Man in The L-
Word.

Author: R. Beirne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230615014

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

View: 788

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.
Categories: Social Science

Televising Queer Women

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 ...

Author: Rebecca Beirne

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UCSC:32106019526521

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 251

View: 813

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Alternate Channels

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.

Author: Steven Capsuto

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106011191936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 495

View: 145

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Challenging Lesbian Norms

Challenging Lesbian Norms

Collis writes that “what television has accurately represented (though not always
with total sympathy) are the problems ... Collis is blunt in her assertion that
lesbians on TV “don't have proper sex,” and emphatically reminds us that “TV
dykes ...

Author: Angela Pattatucci Aragon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781560236443

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 425

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.
Categories: Social Science

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

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.

Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476609072

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 459

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.
Categories: Social Science

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

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 ...

Author: Timothy F. Murphy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1579581420

Category: Social Science

Page: 720

View: 257

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).
Categories: Social Science

Killing Off the Lesbians

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.

Author: Liz Millward

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476668161

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

View: 693

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.
Categories: Social Science

Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture

Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture

In the Margins and Off - Centre : Lesbian Characters on French Television 1995 –
2005 Brigitte Rollet University of London Institute of Paris When the first season
of the United States lesbian television series The L word was first released on ...

Author: Renate Günther

Publisher: Durham Modern Languages

ISBN: 0907310621

Category: French literature

Page: 239

View: 278

Categories: French literature

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

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- ...

Author: Larry P. Gross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231104472

Category: Social Science

Page: 665

View: 561

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".
Categories: Social Science

Gay TV and Straight America

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 ...

Author: Ron Becker

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813536897

Category: Social Science

Page: 283

View: 800

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.
Categories: Social Science

Lesbian Discourses

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 ...

Author: Veronika Koller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135900502

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

View: 880

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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Queer Love in Film and Television

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
March 2002, shepostedan article onShowtime'snew series, then calledEarthlings,
 ...

Author: Pamela Demory

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137272980

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

View: 541

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.
Categories: Social Science

All the Rage

All the Rage

Taking on the common wisdom that equates visibility with full integration, All the Rage maps the terrain on which gays are accepted as witty film accessories and sassy sitcom stars yet denied full citizenship.

Author: Suzanna Danuta Walters

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226872327

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

View: 290

From the public outing of Ellen DeGeneres and the success of Will and Grace to the vicious murder of Matthew Shepard, recent years have seen gay lives and images move onto the center stage of American public life. In this incisive and authoritative guide to the new gay visibility, Suzanna Danuta Walters argues that we now live in a time when gays are seen, but not necessarily known. Taking on the common wisdom that equates visibility with full integration, All the Rage maps the terrain on which gays are accepted as witty film accessories and sassy sitcom stars yet denied full citizenship.
Categories: Social Science

Up from Invisibility

Up from Invisibility

Not too long ago you couldn't say the word lesbian on television. Now everyone's
gay-girl crazy.” • Cosmopolitan (November 1993): “A Matter of Pride: Being a Gay
Woman in the Nineties.” • Glamour (May 1994): “Do Ask, Do Tell: Lesbians ...

Author: Larry Gross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231529327

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 284

A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation toward a greater acknowledgment of diversity, does the emerging "visibility" of gay men and women do justice to the complexity and variety of their experience? Or is gay identity manipulated and contrived by media that are unwilling—and perhaps unable—to fully comprehend and honor it? While positive representations of gays and lesbians are a cautious step in the right direction, media expert Larry Gross argues that the entertainment and news media betray a lingering inability to break free from proscribed limitations in order to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. While noting major advances, like the opening of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore—the first gay bookstore in the country—or the rise of The Advocate from small newsletter to influential national paper, Gross takes the measure of somewhat more ambiguous milestones, like the first lesbian kiss on television or the first gay character in a newspaper comic strip.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Handbook of Gender Sex and Media

The Handbook of Gender  Sex  and Media

In K. Akass and J. McCabe (Eds.), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary
Television (pp. 81–98) ... Fans of lesbians on TV: The L Word's generations. Flow
TV. Retrieved from http://flowtv.org/?p=574 Faderman, L. and Timmons, S. (2006)
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Author: Karen Ross

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118114223

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 608

View: 841

The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gender and media Moves beyond associating gender with man/woman and instead considers the relationship between the construction of gender norms, biological sex and the mediation of sex and sexuality Offers genuinely new insights into the complicated and complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media Essay topics range from the continuing sexism of TV advertising to ways in which the internet is facilitating the (re)invention of our sexual selves.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Queer Airwaves The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting

Queer Airwaves  The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting

—Greg Gordon, founder of This Way Out The Gay Media Resource List1 keeps
track of radio and television shows targeted toward lesbians, gays, bisexuals,
and the transgendered community in the world: indeed, the number of LGBT
shows ...

Author: Phylis W Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317461517

Category: History

Page: 299

View: 766

This book is both a retrospective history of the gay community's use of electronic media as a way of networking and creating a sense of community, and an examination of the current situation, an analysis and critical assessment of gay/lesbian electronic media. Keith and Johnson use original interviews and oral history to delineate the place of electronic media in the lives of this increasingly visible and vocal minority in America.
Categories: History

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

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 ...

Author: Barale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415905192

Category: Social Science

Page: 666

View: 241

On homosexuality.
Categories: Social Science