Posts tagged gayness
Posts tagged gayness
[Image is a picture of Kurt from Glee and his father, facing each other. Text says, “There actually IS more to being a homosexual person than the fact that we are, indeed, gay. And I’m tired of watching Kurt seemingly prove the opposite. Why does his every action have to trace back to his sexuality?]
Look at how Quinn’s actions trace back to being heterosexual.
Her heterosexual leads to her getting pregnant, which defines her in season one.
Her heterosexual relationships with Puck and Finn motivates her actions in season one.
She is kicked out the house because her heterosexuality caused her to get pregnant.
Her relationship with girls (e.g. Rachel) are about conflict over Finn and therefore her heterosexuality.
Even when she’s trying to be popular her heterosexuality is continually brought up again with her relationships with Sam, and later her quest to be prom queen with Finn.
Why must all of Quinn’s storylines come back to the fact that she is heterosexual?
Wait, did LGBTlaughs change its name to MakingFunofLGBTPeople’sFrustrations? Weird.
Quinn isn’t the most visible heterosexual person on TV. She is not even the only heterosexual on the show, and while none of the other characters have any personality beyond the stereotypes they fulfill, at least television is filled with examples of white heterosexual women whose lives don’t revolve around their heterosexuality. (Though sometimes it does feel like all the straight lady characters talk about is boys. But the lack of Bechdel Test passing characters is another issue, so I won’t derail.)
Not so much with Kurt. You see, Kurt is arguably one of the most (if not THE most) visible gay characters on television. There aren’t tons of other gay characters running around on television, so he is one of the few, and making up a much larger percentage of gay character visibility than Quinn makes up straight character visibility.
Imagine two sports teams. One has 20 members on its team, while the other has 394,506. Someone comes up and kneecaps one member from each team. Now, which team is going to be more inconvenienced? Hint: it is not the second team.
Gay people complaining about the lack of variation in portrayals of themselves is not anywhere near the same complaint straight people might have over how they’re portrayed. They’ve been shown with literally every storyline in the book. Gay people don’t even have a fraction of portrayals to choose from, so you know what? We are going to get legitimately upset when we are served the same old stereotypes again and again and told to like it.
There are so many gay storylines not getting told. For one thing, most of the gay characters on TV and movies are white, from Judeo-Christian families, middle class, cisgendered, able bodied, etc. etc. etc. There is no one gay experience, but to look at television, you might think there was. This is why it’s so frustrating to see Kurt, who is nothing but gay, and gay in the exact stereotypical way we’ve seen over and over in the few times we get to be seen.
I know that there are people who fit those stereotypes perfectly. Heck, I’ve met several. But we’ve seen them already. What about the gay kid who doesn’t like fashion or showtunes, and is feeling isolated and trying to find someone to relate to on TV? Or the non-white gay kid, the gay kid in a Muslim (or any non-Judeo-Christian) family, the gay kid in the wheelchair, the gay trans kid, the gay kid who can’t afford designer clothes even if he wanted them? You are SOL kid. We only care about bullying being done to white, well-off, effeminate walking stereotypes.
And at this point, why are we still discussing bullying? Every person watching Glee has no problems with gay people. How many times is this choir gonna be preached to? We get it. Gay kids are getting bullied. We all hate it, too. Could Kurt maybe take up a hobby now? Maybe he’s failing all his classes and now he needs to pass this one big test if he wants to stay in school? Oh, except they’d have him failing class because he’s too busy being gay on his boyfriend.
Look, I flat out admit that I hate this show. And I know there are plenty of people who like it, and I’m fine with you liking it. Seriously, I don’t care if people like this show. But to dismiss legitimate criticisms of its minority characters by holding up misdeeds done to majority characters is not how it works.
This commentary. I love it.
rosalarian is climbing toward the top of my Favorite People list.
[A tweet from George Takei: “TN bill will prevent teachers from using the word “gay” in class. In response, I’m lending them my name: “It’s okay to be Takei.”“]
Louis CK (via weshouldwritepornography)
This is from Louis’ stand-up special Shameless, I think. The transcribed quotation doesn’t do him justice; this guy is so funny.
Reports continue to pour in from around the nation today of helpless Americans being forcibly taken from their marital unions after President Obama dropped the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week, leaving the institution completely vulnerable to roving bands of homosexuals.
DEAR GOD, THE CHILDREN!
Where do I sign up for Gay Scouts?
I’m fairly certain the Gay Scouts would be the best thing to ever happen to scouting.
Let’s do it.
Ugh, my parents watch the 700 Club almost everyday and they even send their money to them and shit for whatever ~donation~ thing they send to, it drives me insane. -.-
What the actual. Wat. WAT.
Sorry dude, still drove through a blizzard aka over two feet of snow aka the blizzard of the century in the 757 for about four hours to “go do something gay”.
JOKE’S ON YOU PAT.
THIS GAY HAD A FUCKING BLAST FLYING DOWN THE HILL IN A SLED.
FLYING DOWN A HILL IN MY PLAID SHIRT AND CARGO PANTS.
BRING ON THE SNOW. I WANT TO DO MORE GAY ACTIVITIES, PAT.
I WANT TO DO MORE GAY ACTIVITIES.
Mila Kunis (via finallyme)
We’re so hip, y’all.
tsk tsk tsk. it really is a gateway drug.
Not even once
I love a happy ending.
At the age of 11, every lesbian receives their lesbian handbook and is quickly shipped off to spend 7 years of obligatory education receiving lessons on how to be a lesbian. Popular lessons include Charms (learning pick up lines to turn a straight girl gay or pick one up in a…
The license can be revoked at any time for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
- ignorance of Ellen Degeneres
- failure to meet predetermined quota of LGBT-related topics discussed per day
- refusal to own or foster animals (except where appropriate exemption status has been obtained, ex. due to apartment policies, see relevant section of Lesbian Code #304 subsection 8A)
- embracing and/or supporting the “ex-gay” movement
a complete list can be found in your handbook