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Department
Media Studies
Course
MDSA01H3
Professor
Ted Petit
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 9: Queer Analysis Queer Theory: an Overview - Queer theory - An interdisciplinary perspective that seeks to disrupt socially constructed systems of meaning surrounding human sexuality. - sexuality - An enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction toward others based upon their gender or sex. - heteronormativity - A system of inequality that perpetuates a binary understanding of heterosexuality and homosexuality in which heterosexuality is privileged. - sexual othering - The process of stigmatizing homosexuality (or any non-heterosexual practice) as abnormal. Heterosexuality - normal/natural - loving/monogamous - purity/gender clarity Homosexuality - abnormal/deviant - hyper-sexual/promiscuous - perversion/gender blurring Although there is no absolute association between a person’s gender and sexuality, media texts often portray heterosexuals as having definite gender roles and homosexuals as having unclear ones. Queer theorists celebrate this sort of gender fluidity as a way to eradicate sexual classification. This ambiguity often results in a certain level of discomfort in mass audiences toward gay and lesbian people Gender androgyny tends to result in a threatening, unsettling sense that “things are not quite right” with queer characters and personalities Queerness and Visibility II: the Problems with “Positive” Representation - Queer visibility a paradox - Increased visibility not always diverse visibility - “Types” presented in the media; aspects
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