Masculinity: The Role Of Homosexuality In Television And Media

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From the beginning of time, homosexual men have struggled with being considered masculine. So, what is masculinity? Masculinity is the possession of qualities traditionally associated with men. Homosexual men are men and men are masculine. According to this definition, that’s all it takes to be masculine. However, they are not considered masculine. In order for one to be considered masculine, they must have certain qualities or traits. For example, being independent, non-emotional, aggressive, and competitive are masculine qualities. What’s so different about gay men to the reason why it’s hard for them to be considered masculine? Is it the way television and media depict homosexuality in men? Is it the society’s treatment and judgment of …show more content…
According to Daily News, the average person spends over five hours per day watching television (2014). Television and media have had an impact on American society and culture. It plays a major role in how we think about race, class, gender and sexuality. Sometimes media depicts certain groups, groups who are already being stereotyped and marginalized, in a negative way. For example, how television depicts homosexual men as being overtly feminine. We expect every homosexual male that we encounter to be extremely feminine. This is extremely hard for homosexual men to be seen as masculine when television and media depict …show more content…
These shows are giving heterosexual people something to look when trying to determine if someone is homosexual. These shows also stereotype homosexual males as being feminine and saying that being feminine is going against societal norms. Disney villains possess some of the stereotypes that are associated with homosexual men and therefore seen as not manly. Not only does television and media portray homosexual men as being overtly feminine and tell homosexual how to act, but television gives homosexuals false roles models and assumptions to live up to (Bond, 2014). Then, people in society try to tell them how to act according to what television and media says. Then, judge them for acting in that way. This is why it’s hard for homosexual men to be considered masculine because we are growing up looking at television shows that shows homosexual men as being feminine and saying that they are abnormal for the way they act. Therefore, they are villains of society and need to be taken care of. However, television has taken a turn on the stereotypes that are used to portray homosexuality. They have homosexual characters in masculine roles, but that still isn’t enough. Until we have shows that stop portraying homosexual men as feminine and weak, homosexual men will always have to struggle with not being considered

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