As society undergoes a progressive change in the media and sexuality sector, there has been an increase in the “queering” of characters across all media platforms, most specifically film and television. Furthermore, in order to better understand the changes that have been ongoing in recent years, I looked at ABC Studio Production’s hit drama series Grey’s Anatomy. Shonda Rhimes created the Golden Globe winning series, which first aired in March of 2005 and is still running today. In addition to creating the show, Rhimes serves as an executive producer along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater and Rob Corn. Further, the reason I selected this example was because I am a dedicated fan of the show and also because the show has …show more content…
It is for this reason, that Torres finds it particularly difficult to confront her father about her same-sex relationship. As mentioned, Torres’ family is catholic and her father is traditional in his beliefs, so when she finally worked up the courage to enlighten him about her new relationship it was profoundly evident she was struggling with the intersection of her social categorizations. Moreover, Torres was struggling with what Dr. Rodriguez’s lecture, Hegemony and All That Jazz coined as “structural intersectionality,” most specifically with religion, financial class and sexual identity. Furthermore, the representation of the intersection of her religion and sexual identity are best summarized by scholars Mary Fukuyama, Ana Puig, Cherly Pence Wolf and Adrienne Baggs in their excerpt Exploring the Intersections of Religion and Spirituality with Race-Ethnicity and Gender in Counseling. In the article the scholars state, “It is important to note that although the media portrays sexual orientation as dualistic (either/or) and religion as conservative (condemning), neither positions are reality.” In other words, Torres is portrayed in a battle with having to choose her religion, family and financial stability, or her bisexuality and relationship with Dr. Robins, but she simply cannot have both. Moreover, although this …show more content…
It is especially compelling given the viewership saw a significant increase when Torres was going discovering her true sexuality. Additionally, it was courageous of ABC studios and the shows producers alike to incorporate a character that by statics was not socially accepted. However, the show brought awareness to the topic and likely aided in many peoples acceptance of same-sex relationships. All in all, Callie Torres is a poster image of what it is for the media to “queer” a
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The representation of the LGBT community in the film industry has long been a topic of much debate. In her article, “It Ain’t Easy Being Bisexual on TV,” Amy Zimmerman addresses this topic with specific interest on bisexual representation. By appealing to the logic of her audience, using an informal tone, and referring to relatable content, Zimmerman constructs an argument which persuades readers of The Daily Beast that the film industry is unfairly and inaccurately representing bisexuals. However, her argument holds little influence over those who are not movie fans or The Daily Beast readers.
It is often said that the media and the arts are an accurate reflection of any given community. This is especially true in American pop-culture, where television shows depict the various stereotypes attributed to men and women and the roles they play in society. House, a highly popular medical drama that revolves around Dr. Gregory House and his diagnostic team, is a particularly good example as it represents the true state of the traditional gender roles in American culture today by, both, redefining and reinforcing them over the course of the show.
In the article, “The Racial Logic of Grey’s Anatomy: Shonda Rhimes and her “Post-Civil Rights, Post-Feminist” Series”, the author, Kristen J. Warner argues Rhimes’s use of blind casting, “the process of not writing race into a script,” in her prime-time show Grey’s Anatomy (Warner). Warner says, “...race has little to do with text in comparison to the more pressing issues of a hospital” (Warner 633). Shonda Rhimes creates a multicultural hub at Seattle Grace Hospital where racial issues take a step back to the more pressing problems of a hospital: surgery, competition, exhaustion, and of course relationships and sex. This article analyzes the historical precedents to Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes’ use of blind casting as a public relations
Over the course of years Medical TV shows give excitement to viewers. Recently, Grey’s Anatomy has grown to be a very popular show, but has been numerously compared to Scrubs. When more attention is called to this, similarities are present. For example, the storytelling of each show, the platforms, and the classification of characters. There are even claims that lead to believe Grey’s Anatomy copied Scrubs.
The ABC television drama “Grey's Anatomy” written by Shonda Rhimes and produced by Ann Kindberg, is a popular medical drama about a group of surgeons who work at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington. The show focuses mostly around the main character, Meredith Grey, who is at first is a surgical resident and soon becomes a general surgeon, her background story, relationships with others, and her life as a surgeon. The storyline, big-time surgeries/medical cases, intense scenes, and romantic chemistry between the characters make “Grey’s Anatomy” a successful medical show.
Even though Sullivan and Rodriguez have different backgrounds, their families support them both. Andrew Sullivan proved that his family was more than willing to accept his love for another man by saying, “And when we finally got married, a few years later and our mothers walked us down the makeshift garden aisle, and my sister gave the reading through tears […] “my father put his arms around me and hugged, I did not hear civilization crumble.” (254) When Sullivan’s parents showed they were proud and happy for him, it was all he needed. This proved to me that there are parents out there who continue to support their child even when others believe that homosexuals should not have the right to love. Similarly, Rodriguez believed his parents showed acceptance when he says, “My mother has seen me and she waves me in. […] (Have they, after all, known my secret for years and kept it, out of embarrassment, not knowing what to say?) Families accept often by silence. My father opens the door to welcome me in. Even though Rodriguez’ family is more conservative; they also accepted his sexuality. I believe this similarity is important because it gives relief to young adults who are thinking
Sexuality is the term use for an individual to express themselves as a sexual being towards others. “…one chooses to express that sexuality, and any preference one may have towards the type of sexual partner they choose…” (Options for Sexual Health). She dated Julio, her first love and went against her mother wishes of not dating a Colombian man, Hernández also says, “I meet another Dominican femme (…) has her hair straightened once a week (…) after three times in bed, I get tired of being in the bottom” (Hernández, 83). She dated a transgender man but she got tired of being in the bottom and she moved back into dating Colombian woman. She wanted to experiment and show her mother that love could be found with
On the same cable networks that act as the home for gay and lesbian television series, America finds its new woman for the new millenium: she’s smart, independent, gainfully employed, sexually confident, and, usually, she’s single. Television finally has room for a woman to fly on her own, without her minivan, Cub Scout den-mother meetings, or workaholic husband to feed and clean up after. The prime example for TV’s new “wonder woman,” is found in the four women of HBO’s Emmy Award winning series, “Sex & The City.” These
Instead of being the sexually deviant bisexual character that is usually portrayed on television shows, she is the realistic monogamous, relationship-oriented bisexual who holds all of her relationships to very high importance. This progressive take on a bisexual character has only allowed for Grey’s Anatomy to open its audience’s eyes to a whole new take on queer characters. The fans and critics on After Ellen held an interview with one of the writers of Callie’s bisexual storyline and their response was that, “The story line offered both the drama Grey’s is known for and — despite some marginally exploitative threesome talk — a truthfulness network television has rarely achieved when it comes to lesbian relationship” (AFTER ELLEN Behind). Not only that, but Callie Torres’ character has given LGBTQ-identifying people a flicker of hope for a character on TV to actually understand their struggles and accurately depict their lives. With positive audience reception to Callie’s character, the progression of her bisexual identity only added more to the shows overall relevant and real depiction of a queer persons
In 2013, Latinos accounted for only 4.9% of the roles in the top 100 films of the year. From the beginning, Hollywood had always been dominated by white men and women. However, as time progressed there was a very slight change in cultural and ethnic diversity. Though it is more likely now than ever to find a Latino or Latina in a Hollywood film, their roles are often small, stereotypical, and almost entirely unimportant. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get any role in any Hollywood film regardless of ethnicity, Latinos have to endure playing a harshly demeaning role. Latino men are often cast as comedic relief and play gardeners, janitors, or thugs. Latino women are often cast as maids or mistresses. Aside from this, when women are cast as mistresses they are often submissive to their white male partners, meaning that not only are these roles ethnically demeaning, but also sexist. Along with Latino female sexualisation, though, Latino men are also heavily sexualized. Both Latino women and men have to deal with the exploitation of their culture for stereotypical roles in a movie. However, these are only some of the vicious patterns that attribute to the everlasting ethnic misrepresentation in the biggest part of mass media, Hollywood.
Grey’s Anatomy is a popular television show on ABC that airs Thursday night’s at 7:00. In television land, this is known as a primetime slot. Season 11 has an average of 8.22 million viewers and has been renewed for one more season (Grey 's Anatomy TV Show on ABC). Grey’s Anatomy is well-known for its mind blowing medical scenarios and incredibly talented doctors. Both of these leave viewers with pondering thoughts of what they would do in similar situations, and a bit of self confidence on handling a situation if an actual person collapsed in front of them. The study will examine the amount of viewers who binge watch the show between the ages of 17 and 21 declaring Pre-Med as their major at a four-year university because they believe it will be as easy as the television show depicts being a doctor is.
Method By pulling direct examples from Grey’s Anatomy plot points and quotes, this paper will argue that Grey’s Anatomy does in fact, portray women positively in the media. Furthermore, Grey’s Anatomy portrays women in a much more complex, realistic view through the character development, character goals, and relationships depicted. Analysis Right off the bat, the show’s pilot episode, “A Hard Day’s Night,” provides a glaring example of challenging gendered groups. In its first few minutes, interns Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang and George O’Malley learn that their resident (the more experienced surgeon under whom they will work) will be Dr. Bailey—who has earned the nickname “The Nazi”.
Sexual subjectivity refers to the notion that a person’s sexual orientation, or rather, sexual desires dictate their identity and how they perform said identity. For the purposes of this essay, the focus will be on the recently dubbed “American hero” for her journey with transitioning from being a male to a female, Caitlyn Jenner. The famous news of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition had plagued the tabloids in 2015, where some probing questions about her sexuality have been answered and some left unanswered. Caitlyn Jenner has performed two distinct forms of gender on the family reality television series (Keeping up with the Kardashians) and her new reality television series, which will be the media discussed (I am Cait). These distinct forms of gender roles also accompanied a change in her sexuality—or at least the spark of a change. Although Caitlyn Jenner’s new identity has majorly evolved during the past few years, due to her lack of disclosure in regards to her sexual orientation, her identity as a whole remains to be under questioning. Certain aspects of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition tend to indicate that she will succumb to society’s ideals of heteronormativity and transform her sexuality as a result, by creating a new sexual identity for her new gender. It can also be argued that her sexuality is completely dependent on how she performs it, rather than what she as an individual actually wants and desires. This essay will use evidence through Caitlyn Jenner’s new reality
There are countless scenarios throughout this series that are similar to what takes place every day in a hospital and what the doctors and nurses see on a daily basis. Grey’s Anatomy benefits its viewers through realistic portrayals. Multiple surgeries have performed on the show that are consistent with literature. This could be a medium for medication students to review their content of interest or for those who are considering joining the medical field. Coronary bypass is one of many surgeries that is often completed on this show. During this procedure blood is diverted around a section of a blocked artery in the heart to restores blood flow to a patient’s heart muscle. Coronary bypass surgeries are just as common on Grey’s Anatomy as they