Gay Assimilationists versus Radical Queers: The Death of Queerness?

Last week, while leading a discussion on queer theory, the issue of gay assimilation and radical queerness came up. In a nutshell, gay assimilationists seek complete integration within existing cultural norms and institutions, while radical queers reject integration because they view it as an embrace of the very values and institutions that have fostered sexual … Continue reading Gay Assimilationists versus Radical Queers: The Death of Queerness?

Gender Bender: Commercials with a Gay Twist

So a commercial for the Kindle Paperwhite just caught my attention. At first, it seems like your average attempt to sell a product to "mindless" television viewers: an attractive man and woman are lounging on some chairs at the beach resort. Vibrant colors and hues drown the screen. The beach looks amazing. (Jealousy is invoked … Continue reading Gender Bender: Commercials with a Gay Twist

The XY Factor: NBC’s “The New Normal” and the Nature/Culture Dichotomy

Within the last couple of months, I've been watching a sitcom on NBC titled The New Normal, which offers a fresh and daring reconfiguration of the traditional family. The show centers on Bryan and David, a committed gay couple, and Goldie, a single mother who decides to become David and Bryan's gestational surrogate. In every episode, … Continue reading The XY Factor: NBC’s “The New Normal” and the Nature/Culture Dichotomy