I decided to free write for my blog this week. These articles made me think back to Croteau’s article when he discussed media and ideologies, another classmate also picked this out. I want to talk about the representation of queer people in the eye of the public because I felt that it came up in all of the articles and was discussed thoroughly in each. A lot of my classmates also discussed this topic and I think it’s because it’s a big concern and issue that everyone notices, whether they care or not, it’s still visible to society. The media doesn’t always give the best representation of queer population and how it is portrayed isn’t always true. It is sometimes seen as either really negative or really positive. There is never a happy medium and this portrays them as being different than everyone else. The article “Queer Representation and the Media” talked a lot about this. One point that it mentioned is that queer representation has been brought to media’s attention and they are finally noticing it. However, even when it is seen in a positive light, there are still challenges that are brought up like sexuality and actors/actresses that play queer roles have different obstacles than heterosexual roles. This article also talks about representation in the negative light as it stated, “criticism was particularly concerned with negative portrayals of gays and lesbians as sissies, drag queens, butch lesbians, and other groups that didn’t fit into mainstream gender categories.” This is a big issue that arises in the media representation. It is definitely something negative that queer roles are seen as in the media and can be hurtful and also create false stereotypes. I am interested in hearing my classmates view on this topic.
~If you look at my hyperlink for queer, the first definition is very interesting. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!