Representation of Sexuality in Tv - Skins

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With reference to relevant cultural theories analyse the representation of sexuality in a film/television text of your choice.

I have chosen to look at and analyse a television text. It is a TV drama aimed at a teenage audience called Skins. I chose this particular text as it focuses upon many different characters and scenarios in regards to sexuality and this forms a basis for analysis and evaluation. Skins also focuses upon Teenage sexuality, specifically, which I believe is a broad and interesting subject to analyse with many opportunities to elaborate.
Skins is a British teen drama, which was aired on Channel 4 on terrestrial television and E4 on digital television. It has had 2 seasons consisting of 19 episodes altogether. Skins
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The further ‘off the rails’ Cassie goes, the more extreme the sexual situations, at one point ‘courting’ a female and then a few minutes after the female leaves a male arrives. “Sexuality strongly influences people’s identity.” (Op. cit. p.22) And at this point in the series we find that Cassie has a very mixed up idea about who she is and what she wants.
This can also be seen in Season 1 when Maxxies best friend Anwar refuses to tell his parents about Maxxies sexuality due to their religious beliefs. We see that Maxxie is torn between who he is and whom Anwar wants him to be and this puts the friendship under great strain resulting in Maxxie refusing to turn up to Anwars party. “Gay adolescents who are more conventional in their gender characteristics have the option of passing as straight and many do.” (Op. cit. p. 461) This situation happens a lot in real life but can be the cause of many problems, both for the person dealing with feelings of homosexuality and hiding them and those around that person. Many people have reported having feelings of being ‘trapped within themselves’ and having pent up aggression due to being in such a situation, which isn’t hard to believe when we think that adolescence is when we discover ourselves sexually. “Adolescence involves the development of a sense of self and social identity independent of one’s parents (Erikson, 1968; Steinberg 2004). Answering questions about one’s sexuality figure centrally in this
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