Heteronorexuality And Sexuality In Pariah

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Recently released film Pariah (2011) delves into the journey of exploring sexuality. From intimacy, sexual identity, sensuality, and sexual behavior this biopic shares a coming of age stories of self-discovery and human connection. Written and directed by Dee Rees, Pariah is a 2011 American art drama film. In 2011 it premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award. These works not only give Blacks who are living outside of the heterosexual normative a form of self-representation in cinema, but it provides a refreshing consideration of the multiple forms of oppression (race, class, gender, and sexuality) that Black homosexuals face outside of the traditional one-dimensional lens of being just homosexual. …show more content…
Watching Alike travel through this stage of self-acceptance, she also struggles in being accepted by society. There were several parts of the film that resonated with me. The film engaged the audience in considering how heteronormativity creates atmospheres of homophobia within Black communities. As it pertains to my sexuality, I have not been placed in spaces where I was the pariah or outcast and to visually watch an adolescent girl be placed as the outcast in her own family caused for a critical self-reflection. Alike’s mother was a Christian middle-class mother who can be at sometimes too controlling and judgmental when it comes to her daughter identity and representation. Alike’s mother and daughter relationship begins to server severely, as Alike became more comfortable in her sexuality the more uncomfortable her mother came, which is mirroring to the Black church and homosexuality. Again seeing this film reinforced previous readings in which, I further realize the role the church has in defining sexuality, intimacy, and behavior outside of its four walls and into the community. Seeing how the Black Church and Christianity views on sexuality permeates Black communities, the homophobic judgement placed on queerness is passed from the church into the …show more content…
Noah’s Arc features homosexual Black and Latino male characters and narrates a story of being gay and of color in America. Through this comedic platform they address same sex dating, marriage, parenthood, HIV/AIDS awareness, infidelity, homophobia, promiscuity, and gay bashing. Again being three-dimensional the characters provided a visual that make the gay community relatable and human. These stories provide visuals that not only provide a form of self-representation, but it provides a moment of if not of reflection but relatability in considering your own forms of oppression and places of

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