Lesbians on Television

In Lesbians on Television, Kate McNicholas Smith maps concurrent contemporary shifts in lesbian visibility within popular media, focusing on the small screens of Europe and North America.

Lesbians on Television

Author: Kate McNicholas Smith

Publisher: Intellect (UK)

ISBN: 9781789382808

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. Focusing on the small screens of Europe and North America, Lesbians on Television maps the contemporary shifts in lesbian visibility within popular media and, from this, extracts a figure of the new 'lesbian normal' that both helps and hinders those it represents. 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 empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform media analyses. Structured around five central case studies of popular British and American television shows featuring lesbian, bisexual and queer women characters - The L Word, Skins, Glee, Coronation Street and The Fosters - the book develops a detailed analysis of the shaping of a new 'lesbian normal' through representations of lesbian teenagers, cheerleaders, wives and mothers amongst other LGBTQ+ figures. With a focus on television, Kate McNicholas Smith expands to map the lesbian figure through publicity materials, news reports, political speeches, legislative changes, social media, fandoms and audiences. Appearing in highly accessible media forms, such as the soap opera, and extending into the digital media platforms in which they are repeated and remade, new lesbian figures exist at a site of struggle over the possibilities of queer women's intelligibility, intimacy and futurity.

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

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.

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

Author: R. Beirne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230615015

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.

Lesbians on Television

Thus, Lesbians on Television tracks the constitution of the lesbian normal,
recognizing its significance as well as interrogating its limits. Furthermore, for all
its limitations, I contend that moments of radical rupture do emerge in the context
of the ...

Lesbians on Television

Author: Kate McNicholas Smith

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1789382823

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’.

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

In the seventh and final season, Willow's sexuality was further explored, and she
was finally depicted in the first actual on-screen lesbian sex scene on American
network television with new girlfriend Kennedy (Iyari Limon)22 during the final ...

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

Author: R. Beirne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230615015

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.

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.

The Prime Time Closet

Author: Stephen Tropiano

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1476847991

Page: 352

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Is it a show about nothing or one of the greatest TV series of all time? It's both of course! ÊSeinfeldÊ's impact on popular culture was so profound that it continues to this day-years after it left prime time-thanks to its inimitable characters (Newman! Bubble Boy!) its wacky memorable plots (who can forget The Contest or The Puffy Shirt ?) and the many catchphrases we use regularly (not that there's anything wrong with that).ÞÊSeinfeld FAQÊ is the first-ever comprehensive guide to the sitcom tracing its path from modest beginnings to water-cooler-show status and to its infamous love-it-or-hate-it finale. This humor-filled reference tells all about Jerry Elaine George and Kramer as well as the other unforgettable characters in their world. It features season-by-season episode reviews and a wealth of fun facts about everything from the characters' inevitably doomed relationships to their food obsessions and fashion sense (or lack thereof) as well as profiles of actors and other notables.ÞBroad in scope and yet obsessed with detail (like the show itself) this FAQ is essential reading for anyone who wants to be master of the ÊSeinfeldÊ domain.

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.

Alternate Channels

Author: Steven Capsuto

Publisher:

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Page: 495

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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.

Killing Off the Lesbians

It is a form of symbolic annihilation and it has had an impact in real life. When more women are working behind the scenes, what appears on-screen also becomes more diverse--yet unhappily the story lines don't necessarily change.

Killing Off the Lesbians

Author: Liz Millward,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476628408

Page: 212

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 So, the film or television lesbian character dies. It seems to happen frequently. But does it really? If so, is it something new? Surveying the fates of numerous characters over decades, this study shows that killing off the lesbian is not a new trend. It is a form of symbolic annihilation and it has had an impact in real life. When more women are working behind the scenes, what appears on-screen also becomes more diverse—yet unhappily the story lines don’t necessarily change. From the Xenaverse to GLAAD to the Lexa Pledge, fans have demanded better. As fan fiction migrates from the computer screen to the printed page, authors reanimate the dead and insist on happy endings.

The Channel for Gay America

ABSTRACT: Logo currently holds a self-described monopoly as the "Gay Channel for America.

The Channel for Gay America

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ABSTRACT: Logo currently holds a self-described monopoly as the "Gay Channel for America." Logo stands alone as the single most concentrated national-level vehicle of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) visibility in the post millennial television era. The Logo Channel has reaped financial rewards from its strategy as a business entity, as LGBT American television viewers embraced its presence as a signifier to America that gays and lesbians have finally "made it". First, any claim to a monopoly deserves critical attention for its place in mainstream television, for its business practices, and for the power it holds in representing and targeting LGBT audiences. Second, Logo's construction of its audience is an extremely important window into current perceptions of LGBT identity, history, and progress. Third, Logo's ability to capitalize on gay and lesbian visibility in American culture and the rhetoric of "inclusiveness" are important historical and cultural moments to explore the political costs and benefits of these strategies-in business practices, programming content, and advertisements. In this study, I argue that Logo does not capitalize on its television presence to participate in LGBT political, economic, and social equality. Despite its significant visibility and messages of "inclusiveness" in American popular culture, Logo contributes to the perpetuation of negative and narrow stereotypes of consumerist gay culture, as it marginalizes ethnic minorities and women, through a variety of conformist, self-serving practices that undermine the libratory opportunity it holds for its LGBT viewers. Chapter Two "Another Lost Opportunity" examines a brief history of the cable television industry, the television business model and the representations of gays and lesbians on television to draw a parallel social history centered on visibility. Chapter Three "Like Taking Candy from a Baby" examines three reoccurring series on Logo: Noah's Arc, Can't Get a Date, and Round-Trip Ticket. Chapter Four "Easy as Shooting Fish In a Barrel" examines the histories of 1) television advertising, 2) the risks and benefits of advertising on Logo, and 3) the history of gay and lesbian print advertising. This history lays the foundation for 4) exploring contemporary constructions of Logo's target market as the "ideal demographic."

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 .

Lesbian Lists

Author: Dell Richards

Publisher: Alyson Books

ISBN:

Page: 254

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

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 ...

Televising Queer Women

Author: Rebecca Beirne

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN:

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.

Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies.

Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture

Author: Sara E. Cooper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317992121

Page: 136

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Lesbian images are everywhere these days–cable television, film, popular magazines, advertising, Internet and the news–creating desire in men and women alike, selling commercial products and services, and stirring up controversy on many levels. But do these images truly represent the diverse identities of women-centered women worldwide? This book addresses the limited access to images of diverse and international lesbian identities and experiences, in order to provide the reader with a more complete understanding of what it means to be lesbian in a global context. It investigates how lesbians portray themselves as well as how they are portrayed by others in several areas of popular culture, including television, film, the arts, Internet, advertising and the news. It features articles on U.S. lesbian cartoonists, Canadian viewer perceptions of lesbians on the cable show Queer as Folk, panoramic looks at lesbians' representation in Australian and Spanish television programming, and in-depth explorations of films by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, leading Indian film producers, and independent Chinese-American filmmakers. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies.

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

The book contains criticisms of characters in such shows as Six Feet Under, Queer As Folk, Friends and Ellen.

The New Queer Aesthetic on Television

Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476609071

Page: 222

View: 850

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.

Sexuality and Popular Culture

Additionally, the literature review helped format a theoretical basis from which to explore this topic.

Sexuality and Popular Culture

Author: Jennifer A. Hamilton Hart

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This thesis seeks to explore the portrayal of lesbians and/or lesbianism on prime-time television. I will demonstrate how television episodes provoke fierce public debates about what lesbians are "really" like and about the place of lesbians in society. Using readily available television reviews found on the internet, studying this phenomenon is sociologically significant in our contemporary culture where attitudes and laws surrounding sexual orientation appear to be shifting. I examined these debates and explored the content of controversial episodes in order to better understand the limits of these images of lesbianism and queer female sexuality in an effort to comprehend what television programs communicate about lesbian identity, existence and culture. In this thesis, I studied ways in which televisual-lesbian portrayals may be considered caricatures (or stereotypes) and how these representations invoke debates in public discourse (for example, about normalcy, morality, and family and social relationships). The methods employed in this thesis take several forms. Initially a vast literature review was conducted in order to obtain academic literature that would help formulate a knowledge base of lesbians in contemporary society. Additionally, the literature review helped format a theoretical basis from which to explore this topic. The second method employed was the development of a typology in which to analyze public debates about particular television shows and/or characters. Thirdly, I conducted a media analysis examining six different characters/storylines, using the literature and theories to help inform my investigative lens.

Challenging Lesbian Norms

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.

Challenging Lesbian Norms

Author: Angela Pattatucci-Aragon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136575510

Page: 288

View: 140

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.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Records 1973 2000 The Policy Institute subjects files and miscellany reel 227 298 guide

At the conference , 130 openly lesbian delegates attended . In 1993 , NGLTF
enlarged its work on lesbian concerns by coordinating the first congressional
briefing on lesbian health issues . Gays and Lesbians on Television and in the
Arts ...

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Records  1973 2000  The Policy Institute  subjects files  and miscellany  reel 227 298   guide

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Includes a container list which covers boxes 134-186 of the collection (microfilm reels 227-298). Files listed include records of NGLTF's Policy Institute, including its National Religious Leadership Roundtable; subject files, correspondence with members of Congress, files on organizations and political parties, publications, clippings, and photographs.

Queer Airwaves

Queer Airwaves is the first book-length study of the role of gays and lesbians in the fields of television and radio.

Queer Airwaves

Author: Phylis Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Page: 298

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Queer Airwaves is the first book-length study of the role of gays and lesbians in the fields of television and radio. Using dozens of interviews and oral histories they gathered, authors Phylis A. Johnson and Michael C. Keith examine the obstacles encountered - and significantly surmounted - by gays and lesbians in the broadcast industry. Both scholarly and groundbreaking, Queer Airwaves is also a compellingly human story of courage and perseverance. It will be a valuable addition to the ever-growing canon of studies focusing on the experiences of minority, alternate lifestyle, and counterculture groups in the field of American electronic media.

Up from Invisibility

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 ...

Up from Invisibility

Author: Larry Gross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231529325

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.

Gay TV and Straight America

Drawing on political and cultural indicators to explain the sudden upsurge of gay material on prime-time network television in the 1990s, this book brings together analysis of relevant Supreme Court rulings, media coverage of gay rights ...

Gay TV and Straight America

Author: Ron Becker

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813536898

Page: 283

View: 683

Drawing on political and cultural indicators to explain the sudden upsurge of gay material on prime-time network television in the 1990s, this book brings together analysis of relevant Supreme Court rulings, media coverage of gay rights battles, debates about multiculturalism, concerns over political correctness, and more.

Trouble and Strife

Hence , the exclamations of astonishment or celebration in publications such as
LiP , Diva and the Pink Paper when lesbians do take to the TV screen . It is my
sense that because of their scarcity on television , lesbian themes are often
viewed ...

Trouble and Strife

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