Challenging Heterosexism From the Other Point of View: by Dana Frei

By Dana Frei

Instead of a lot of their extra reserved predecessors, sleek tv serials similar to Queer as Folk and The L Word, which focus predominantly on queer characters, dare to incorporate a number of hugely debatable tale traces, characteristic specific intercourse scenes and replicate upon formerly tabooed points of their depiction of homosexuality.
Challenging Heterosexism from the different Point of View discusses how those particularly queer indicates satisfy a functionality of difficult institutionalized attitudes of society, similar to dichotomous notions of gender, heterosexism or homophobia. furthermore, the query is raised whether or not they additionally serve to do the other by chance, through reinforcing stereotypes and in all probability making a fairly inflexible picture of the idea that of gay id. The complexity of the cultural effect instructed via those sequence defines the focus of the qualitative content material research of those cutting edge media items.

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It has also included fieldwork, political activism and community involvement, mostly attempting to change society’s attitude towards marginalized groups of people, to fight for their rights, and to defeat homophobia. Hence, in this field, academic research and politics are highly intertwined. As Abelove states about gay and lesbian studies, this 2 3 Jagose 2004, 1. Kruger 2007, 1237. 4 Queer studies has also always had a double role in that sense, situated from the start between an academic field of study and political activism.

Chaiken 2005, xi. 42 Chapter 1 In other words, it is not just homophobia that it is reckoning with but the masculinist discourse of queer itself. Indeed, homophobia is far less a source of fear or force of oppression in the series than is sexism. 53 The L Word thus did what Queer as Folk had mostly left out – it provided a focal point centring on female homosexuality instead. The two serials, Queer as Folk and The L Word were chosen as main subjects of investigation because they both feature a considerable number of queer characters, because they were and are highly successful and therefore have reached (and still reach) a wide range of people, and because they offer a much more differentiated, complex, sexualized and diversified image of homosexuality than any other series did before.

By creating this fictional world in which homosexuality is the accepted norm, instead of heterosexuality, the heteronormative assumption of society is questioned. A heteronormative society is one that demands of its members a heterosexual orientation. 32 32 Stewart 1995, 56. This concept was first introduced by Adrienne Rich. See also: Rich 1993. Theoretical Background 57 In the fictional worlds of Queer as Folk and The L Word, instead, the assumptions made about people’s sexuality are homonormative.

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