CONSERVATISM IN DRAG: SAFE SALEABLE GAY CHARACTERS IN A PROGRESSIVE EMBELLISHMENT
ABSTRACT In the twenty-first century, gay men have been portrayed more frequently and positively in the media. However, many scholars assert that traditional hegemonic and heteronormative ideology drives narratives when constructing gay characteristics. This research adds to the ongoing debate over mediated constructions of gay men’s gender performances but also adds age to its intersectional analysis. In this paper, the inconsistencies in gay characters’ gender performances in the programs Shameless, Six Feet Under and Grace and Frankie were studied utilizing a qualitative content and frame ...
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