The Gay Brothers By Edison Short Essay

2029 Words Mar 28th, 2016 9 Pages
If someone were to give you the task to pick out a homosexual character in a television series or a movie, most of us would be able to pick off who that character would be almost right away, but why is that? How is it that we’re able to determine the sexuality of a person just by looking at their appearance, listening to them talk or even just by looking at who they associated themselves with. Ever since the first appearance of a same sex couple on the big screen in 1895’s “The gay brothers” directed by Edison Short, every large media outpost has sought to put their own spin on their portrayal of the average gay man and lesbian women. Although many popular media outposts have attempted to create well-versed gay or lesbian characters, trying to break the stereotypes that were long since established, they unfortunately only regularly continue to re-establish the negative social constructions of the typical gay or lesbian individual. Media asserts and defines physiognomies of vocal recognition, professional occupation and physical appearance of the gay community’s identity in ways that support the categories of the stereotypical gay that not only affects the gay/lesbian community by building and establishing parts of their character but to the mainstream heterosexual viewers as well. The idea of the negative representations of the gay community in the media has been thoroughly discussed by many, picking out evidence from various media sources and comparing them to how it has…

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