Gender Stigma Behind The Hiv And Aids Epidemic

1717 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Something that will never be forgotten and still haunts gay men to this day is the gay stigma behind the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Yes, it is fact that majority of gay men are HIV-infected but, it was said that to have AIDS was only a “gay thing” back in the 1980’s, which it is not. To this day, it influences many of our elders or parents that lived during the 1980’s that witnessed the huge outbreak. If we look at the show called Empire created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong in the episode called “The Creative Dilemma” we will find it to be a stigma referring back to the 1980’s HIV and AIDS epidemic. In this episode, Lucious Lyon, portrayed by Terrence Howard, is arguing with his gay son Jamal Lyon, portrayed by Jussie Smollett. In this intense argument, Lucious tells Jamal, “The day you die from AIDS is the day I’m gonna’ celebrate.” The fact that they had this in his dialogue, it is putting this out there since it is a public television show, it is recycling the information from the past. Recycling information that people feed back into from what they once knew. They made it seem that the way a gay man is supposed to die is from AIDS. From the chapter, “‘Whose Pussy Is This?’: A Feminist Comment” from the book Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black she states her perspective of the film, She’s Gotta Have It, stating that films like this “exposed grave ignorance about feminist political movement, revealing the extent to which shallows notions of feminist struggle…

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