Gender & Media Blog #1

I feel that Ki’s main argument is that there is a general
sense of non-acknowledgment of gay youths in America. Issues of homosexuality
and their relationships to society are often discussed when conflicts arise and
are given attention in the media; however, less considerations are given when
all be it different but just as important conflicts occur between adolescents.
We can completely find it feasible for much attention to be given to an adult
undergoing homosexual hazing or dealing with issues that may surround his or
her sexual preference. It is unfortunately less common place to have
interventions within children and youth who barrage their peers with anti-homosexual
slurs and bullying. This is at the heart of Kim’s argument, that homosexuality
is addressed barely if at all within our children and teenagers. Kim feels that
educators, politicians, and even parents alike at times would rather not deal
with small issues they may find to be pesky and annoying; opting to let things
work themselves out. The all too common place belief that homosexuality itself
is a phase, and one that can pass. This is a very narrow-minded and ill-placed
method of rationalizing a legitimate personal trait. Some people hope by
disregarding it, and paying it no mind, that it will simply go away. All this
does is add fuel to the fires of non-understanding and intolerance toward it as
those who don’t “grow out of it” are viewed as freaks and ostracized by those
who fail to comprehend it.

The issue of gender and sexuality plays a pivotal role
within the Clementi case being that he was a young homosexual male. From what
is shown in the media, it is apparent to me that homosexual males generally receive
more volatile/violent of bullying varieties than do lesbians. Whereas both can
receive incredible amounts of animosity from public opinions, I feel being a
gay male carries certain connotations and sensitivities along with it.
Religiously most cultures out write reject the image of two men being sexually
involved with one another, being the basis for a lot of non-acceptance and
disdain toward them. Secondly, there is generally a certain sense of emasculation
within gay males (taking on what’s perceived to be more feminine traits).
Through these emasculations does the individual themselves feel like a stranger
to their own selves and how they view their own self. Furthermore, this
emasculation is often met with aggressive and at times violent reception from
other males, viewing them as weaker, different, or wrong. It is difficult to
say if Tyler Clementi was born a woman and seen having a lesbian experience would
the end result have been the same or not, perhaps if he was born a female the
perpetrators who posted the video would not have even felt the need to post the video
online. However I feel ultimately it was the issue of him being a male and
having a homosexual experience that Ravi and Wei thought so wrong they needed
to expose this poor man’s secret.

The issue of a streaming video versus a still picture is simple in the fact that
pictures can often be taken out of context when isolated from a whole. Videos on
the other hand are much more powerful; they convey emotion, intimacy, and are
essentially the “whole” in terms of visual imagery. Even if it were devoid of
sound, neither party involved could ever deny their involvement within the video,
what they were doing, or why they were doing it. I feel it was for this reason why
Ravi and Wei posted the actual video itself and not still images, clips or whatever
alternative. They did it out of pure malice to expose behavior which they found

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7 Responses to “Gender & Media Blog #1”

  1. robshem2 Says:

    I agree with you that males who are gay seem to have to deal with more violence in life because they are gay. This may be because of religion and most people do not accept the fact that a man is sleeping with another man. Religious differences is a problem in itself. It turns people against each other. It does not matter if you are talking about war because of holy land or if you are talking about men coming out of the closest. A good example is when Ricky Martin came out and admitted he was gay. The media took the issue way out of porportion. However some people will argue that women deal with similar problems when they admit there lesbians. Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’donnel had to deal with the media when they came out of the closet. The media was especially tough on Rosie O’donnel because she defended herself but in frustration not being able to deal with the media made remarks that got her more attention than was necessary. She made news story headlines and as a result the media kept on doing it over and over again hoping for another story. I also think the reason why woman may get away from being gay in the public eye is the fact that most men think its okay when 2 woman are together but think it’s not acceptable if the genders are reversed. So prejudice in the industry for being gay will be there because people have different opinions about the issue.

  2. robert shemanski Says:

    I agree with you that males who are gay seem to have to deal with more violence in life because they are gay. This may be because of religion and most people do not accept the fact that a man is sleeping with another man. Religious differences is a problem in itself. It turns people against each other. It does not matter if you are talking about war because of holy land or if you are talking about men coming out of the closest. A good example is when Ricky Martin came out and admitted he was gay. The media took the issue way out of porportion. However some people will argue that women deal with similar problems when they admit there lesbians. Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’donnel had to deal with the media when they came out of the closet. The media was especially tough on Rosie O’donnel because she defended herself but in frustration not being able to deal with the media made remarks that got her more attention than was necessary. She made news story headlines and as a result the media kept on doing it over and over again hoping for another story. I also think the reason why woman may get away from being gay in the public eye is the fact that most men think its okay when 2 woman are together but think it’s not acceptable if the genders are reversed. So prejudice in the industry for being gay will be there because people have different opinions about the issue.

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