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I want your opinions 
9th-Dec-2008 12:44 am
How do you think the perspectives mainstream media have taken when talking about gay marriage have affected the public at large? Do you think that the media perpetuates any stereotypes if any?

I think that it certainly depends on where you look at (say NPR vs. Fox news). Both of them perpetuate stereotypes to an extent, but I want to hear your guys' opinions. Go go soc. paper!
9th-Dec-2008 05:59 am (UTC) - Yes. Here's one big, glaring example:
I definitely think the mainstream media is at fault for perpetuating the myth that Prop. 8 passed because of the 'black' vote--see a very nice rebuttal by number-crunching here. That assertion was started by the mainstream media, perpetuated by the mainstream media, and so under-challenged by the mainstream media that less critical readers are as likely as not to consider it fact.
Resultant stereotype? African-Americans are somehow 'inherently' more homophobic than other groups, while predominantly white groups such as the Mormon Church and its many adherents only supported Prop. 8 because of their 'religious convictions.'

This sort of bs drives me nuts.
13th-Dec-2008 02:02 am (UTC) - Re: Yes. Here's one big, glaring example:
Hm I remember seeing your post about that earlier.
9th-Dec-2008 06:53 am (UTC)
I think that to an extent, media perpetuates stereotypes period, whether they're about homosexuals, African-Americans, religious groups, etc. No matter what they are, they pick the ones on the furthest sides and show them, rather than the non-stereotypical person in the middle because it makes for better TV.

There's no doubting that some places are worse than others, but then...say it's a channel for gay marriage. What are they going to do? They're going to find the gay couple who have been together for yonks, want kids and a white picket fence, and go, "See? Just like straight people!" When, though there are many of gay couples who want marriage and maybe even kids, not all of them are white-picket-fence types (and thank God, 'cause white-picket-fence types suck, gay, straight, or otherwise, lol).

And then those against are going to grab onto the "drugs, partying, and anonymous sex," gay stereotype and show that.

When really, most of the homosexuals who want gay marriage are just...people who want to be married. Very few of them want all the media attention that comes from it, even from pro-gay media.

Maybe I'm being rambly or unclear, though I hope you can see what I mean. I mean that someone who perpetuates a stereotype deemed "positive" is still perpetuating a stereotype, you know? If I say, "All Asians are good at math," I'm still being a bigoted dick because even though being good at math is a positive thing, it's still a stereotype to say. And the mainstream media, even the pro-gay media, does the same thing.

Ugh, I make no sense. I'm sorry.
13th-Dec-2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Most definitely - it's entertainment, bottom line, and that's how they market it.

My house has a steel chain link fence, btw.
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13th-Dec-2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Hmm interesting that the management is active in it, I'd think it'd be just a natural gravitation.
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