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

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: 341

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

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

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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

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: 470

(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

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

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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

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

Apart from instances in which the vilification of radical or lesbian feminism is
made explicit in chic representations, a more ... lesbian television representation,
as Ellen stumbled over every unspoken line between the acceptable and the
taboo.

Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476609072

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 173

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

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: 939

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

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: 132

Categories: French literature

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: 347

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

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: 694

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

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

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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

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: 651

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

Lesbian Lists

Lesbian Lists

8 Lesbians on Television Since the introduction of cable TV , numerous television
shows have been made by , for , and about lesbians . But before this recent
development , lesbians were either invisible or portrayed as losers and weirdos .

Author: Dell Richards

Publisher: Alyson Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106017227130

Category: Reference

Page: 254

View: 872

All the bases are covered with this collection of fun facts that will amuse and astonish.
Categories: Reference

Homofiles

Homofiles

In print, entire magazines and newspapers devoted to gay issues have appeared
and lesbians star on popular television shows like Will & Grace, or Queer as Folk
these developments have often been touted as being a positive step forward in ...

Author: Jes Battis

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739131916

Category: Education

Page: 148

View: 947

Homofiles: Theory, Sexuality, and Graduate Studies, edited by Jes Battis, is collection of essays that showcase current writings by gay, lesbian, and transgender graduate students and which explores the unique intersections between graduate studies, sexuality, and embodiment within the humanities, including the gendered performance of the university teaching assistant.
Categories: Education

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: 146

On homosexuality.
Categories: Social Science

Queer Love in Film and Television

Queer Love in Film and Television

As evidenceofthe lesbianhunger for lesbian representation on television,Warn
citesthetremendous growthof her ... she described sitting “down witha senior
executive” atShowtime, “telling him stories aboutall the lesbians I've known” (Gill).

Author: Pamela Demory

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137272980

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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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

Queer Cinema

Queer Cinema

It is from the moment of omnipresence of gays and lesbians on television and in
the movies – as main characters, their relatives, neighbours and best friends –
that we return to a past when a character could be discredited as 'queer' by a ...

Author: Barbara Mennel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850209

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys illustrates queer cinematic aesthetics by highlighting key films that emerged at historical turning points throughout the twentieth century. Barbara Mennel traces the representation of gays and lesbians from the sexual liberation movements of the roaring 1920s in Berlin to the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City and the emergence of queer activism and film in the early 1990s. She explains early tropes of queerness, such as the boarding school or the vampire, and describes the development of camp from 1950s Hollywood to underground art of the late 1960s in New York City. Mennel concludes with an exploration of the contemporary mainstreaming of gay and lesbian films and global queer cinema. Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires and Gay Cowboys not only offers an introduction to a gay and lesbian film history, but also contributes to an academic discussion about queer subversion of mainstream film.
Categories: Performing Arts

Territories of Desire in Queer Culture

Territories of Desire in Queer Culture

13 Being seen : ' the lesbian ' in British television drama Lizzie Thynne In the
1980s the slogan ' lesbians are everywhere , scrawled across advertising
billboards featuring women , was a response to the lack of representations of
lesbians in ...

Author: David Alderson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719057612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 903

This book engages with, and develops, current debates about desire and sexual identification by focusing on a wide selection of contemporary literature, film, and theory. These texts range from the novels of Alan Hollinghurst and Paul Magrs to the work of Pedro Almodovar, RuPaul, Derek Jarman, and Camille Paglia, as well as TV programs like "Ellen" and "Shinjuku Boys, " and individual films such as Collard's "Savage Nights."
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gender Relations in Global Perspective

Gender Relations in Global Perspective

Television. Talk. Shows. and. Lesbian,. Gay,. Bisexual,. and. Transgender.
Visibility. Shattuc, Iane (1997) The Talking ... studies of the portrayals of gay men
and lesbians in film and television have soundly demonstrated how homosexual
lives ...

Author: Nancy Cook

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 9781551303284

Category: Social Science

Page: 377

View: 190

Faced with an increasingly diverse student population, an expanding field of gender scholarship, and an academic emphasis on multidisciplinarity, social science professors often struggle to address and integrate such a broad array of gender issues in their courses. This book addresses that challenge by increasing students' understandings of gender relations in multiple social fields across time and space. Gender Relations in Global Perspective is truly multidisciplinary. It is partially drawn from the work of sociologists, but articles written by gender scholars from the disciplines of cultural studies, history, political science, geography, and literary theory are also included. The readings examine historically persistent, cross-culturally relevant, and empirically grounded concerns such as men's position in the family and women's relationship to work, media, and the global economy, as well as the gendered problems of violence, sexuality and reproduction, and racism. This book presents an engaging range of comparative and cross-cultural gender analyses from various world regions, including the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. As the articles are dialogically situated in this text, readers will be able to analyse gender similarities and differences around the globe and learn about the diversity of gender experiences across cultures and regions. This range of analyses demonstrates how a global perspective enriches feminist analyses. Students will quickly learn that to investigate gender dynamics adequately, attention must be paid simultaneously to the processes of racialization, class, colonialism and imperalism, and sexuality that interweave with gender to produce complex forms of oppression.
Categories: Social Science

Queer Looks

Queer Looks

They are engaged in a serio-comic discussion around “What constitutes a
lesbian? ... This essay is based on a talk delivered at the Lookout Lesbian and
Gay Television Festival on October 13, 1991, at Downtown Community
Television in ...

Author: Martha Gever

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136648250

Category: Social Science

Page: 430

View: 501

Queer Looks is a collection of writing by video artists, filmmakers, and critics which explores the recent explosion of lesbian and gay independent media culture. A compelling compilation of artists' statements and critical theory, producer interviews and image-text works, this anthology demonstrates the vitality of queer artists under attack and fighting back. Each maker and writer deploys a surprising array of techniques and tactics, negotiating the difficult terrain between street pragmatism and theoretical inquiry, finding voices rich in chutzpah and subtlety. From guerilla Super-8 in Manila to AIDS video activism in New York, Queer Looks zooms in on this very queer place in media culture, revealing a wealth of strategies, a plurality of aesthetics, and an artillary of resistances.
Categories: Social Science