I was born a while ago… Now I’m here. Pretty cool.
The best was when you accepted me into your cardio class and said, ‘If I hadn’t mistaken you for a butch, Israeli girl, I would’ve never let you in here.’ Well guess what Jane, I wouldn’t have either.
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Television May Be Embracing Gay Characters, But Where is the Same-Sex Intimacy [Buzzfeed]
The hard truth is gay sexuality is considered inherently more risqué than heterosexual sexuality. And that’s not limited to sex — a kiss between a man and a woman is expected on nearly every TV comedy or drama, but a same-sex kiss continues to give pause. Filmmaker Kirby Dick addressed this phenomena as it relates to films in his documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which pointed out a major discrepancy in terms of how the MPAA rates films with LGBT content. In a 2011 blog post on The Wrap, he wrote, “By rating films with gay subject matter more harshly, the MPAA is clearly saying there is something objectionable about gay sexuality.”
The thought process seems to be that the MPAA is protecting more conservatively minded viewers from what they might consider to be objectionable content. And television appears to be following the same model: Shows hold back on how much they depict of LGBT sexuality out of fear that viewers will protest — or, at the very least, change the channel. But representation is important, and that goes past stated identity. After all, the LGBT spectrum isn’t all about labels: As Tom Daley and Maria Bello have demonstrated, sometimes coming out simply means expressing a romantic attraction to someone of the same sex. TV is still stuck in the old model, where gay is something stated, not expressed. Because, well, expression can be scary.
*throws rainbow glitter at you* CRISSCOLFER