Representation of Sexuality #2

Homosexuality:

 Feeling romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender.

Heterosexuality:

Feeling romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between persons of the opposite sex or gender. 

Important points to consider:

  • Gender closely ties in with sexuality.
  • Sexuality is often expressed through physical means; clothes, props, setting, acting.
  • Understanding how a particular character’s gender is constructed will help you analyse how their sexuality is being represented.
  • How is sexuality constructed in terms of: Heterosexuality, Homosexuality

Heterosexual Stereotypes (Female)

  • Loving
  • Loyal
  • Vulnerable
  • Monogamous
  • Sexually available
  • Seductive
  • Frigid
  • Virginal/naive
  • Deviant (‘gold digger’, ‘pregnant teen’, ‘Cougar’‘ femme fatale’)

Heterosexual Stereotypes (Male)

  • Promiscuous
  • Physically and mentally strong
  • ‘Ladies Man’, ‘Heart Throb’
  • Aggressive
  • Sensitive ‘New Man’
  • Lazy
  • Competitive
  • Irresponsible
  • Misogynist
  • Awkward
  • Selfish

Homosexual Stereotypes (Female)

  • Monogamous
  • Feisty
  • Loyal
  • ‘In the closet’
  • Humourless
  • Politically radical
  • Confrontational
  • Plain/unattractive
  • Sincere
  • Feminist
  • Erotic

Homosexual Stereotypes (Male)

  • Promiscuous
  • Sensitive
  • Caring
  • Funny
  • Supportive
  • ‘In the closet’
  • Flamboyant
  • Superficial
  • Overbearing
  • Loud
  • ‘Bitchy’

 

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