Class Notes (810,674)
Canada (494,203)
MDSA01H3 (326)
Ted Petit (46)

Chapter 09.pdf

2 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Toronto Scarborough
Media Studies
Ted Petit

Chapter 9: Queer Analysis Queer Theory: An Overview - Queer Theory = seeks to disrupt socially constructed systems of human sexuality - Sexuality = individual emotional, romantic, sexual attraction (based upon other’s gender + sex) - Heterosexuality + Homosexuality = cultural/social construction/category - functions as a shortcut to describe sexual drives - Heteronormativity (heterosexism) = system of inequality (derived from homosexual / heterosexual binary) - heteronormative practices = encourage people to identify with heterosexuality (from an early age) - social practices that maintain heterosexual / homosexual divide = privilege heterosexuality - heterosexuality = normal + desirable (opposite + contrast to homosexuality) - Sexual Othering = stigmatizing homosexualiy as abnormal = priviledge heterosexuality - privilege → access to social practices: marriage, military service, insurance benefits, medical visitation rights - derogatory terms = gay, faggot, dyke - Queer Theorists = work against the normalization of heterosexuality + not individual heterosexuals Queerness & Visibility I: Sexual Stereotypes in American Media - Heteronormative Systems = maintain binary of sexuality - persuade us to sort sexual practices into one of two categories - the fact that heterosexual stereotypes don’t appear to be constructions speaks to the power of heteronormative systems 1. Natural / Deviant - Heterosexuals = high representation in media = normal - Homosexuals = low representation in media = abnormal (deviance, criminality, anti-social) 2. Monogamous / Promiscuous - heterosexuality = monogamous = normal - homosexuality = promiscuous (hyper-sexual drive, inflated sexual appetite, anonymous sex) = abnormal 3. Gender Clarity / Gender Ambiguity - heterosexuals = definite gender roles = normal - homosexuals = unclear gender roles (represented: classic / opposite blend of gender roles) = abnormal Queerness and Visibility II: the Problems with “Positive” Representation - visibility = number of queer characters present in the media - ↑ visibility diverse visibility = invisibility - i.e. increased visibility of certain homosexual characters overlooks other types of homosexual characters
More Less

Related notes for MDSA01H3

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.