The Good & the Bad following The Myth of Homosexual Man in a Neoliberal Era
For a few decades now, the homosexual man has been introduced in the realm of popular culture; whether his depictions work towards giving gay men a better life, or an even more complicated one, remains up for debate. Navigating through different perspectives on the subject matter, this essay shines a light on the positive and negative outcomes of such inclusions in mainstream media.
To start off, we will transpose Simone de Beauvoir’s myth of woman onto today’s mass media influence on gay men, which will lead us to the creation of normative identities and their respective others. Following this conceptualization, we will compare representations of masculinity and femininity within televised homosexuality, only then to conclude with broader ideas on the neoliberal implications of the modern communications industry.