Essay The Psychology of Human Sexuality in The Bird Cage

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The Psychology of Human Sexuality in The Bird Cage

The Bird Cage, Starring Nathan Lane and Robbin Williams is a film that explores societies views of homosexuals through the medium of humor. By creating outrageously stereotyped homosexual men, the director, Mike Nichols creates an awareness in his viewers of the biases and stereotypes that they hold . The two gay male leads, Albert and Armand are owners of a nightclub in South Beach Florida. Armand (played by Robin Williams) is in a long-term relationship with Albert (played by Nathan Lane). Armand has a grown son, Val, from a previous marriage. Trouble starts when Val announces his engagement to a girl named Barbara that he met at school. It turns out that Barbara's father is an
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Society does not see men as responsible, or even suited for, domestic work. Many people may believe that a relationship will only work if each partner takes over either the tasks and expectations of a woman,or the tasks and expectations of the man.

In adherence to societies biases, this film shows Armand as the designated male in the relationship. Although it is never spoken aloud, it is obvious that the characteristics he displays are those considered to be traditionally male. He is the rock of the relationship. He thinks before he speaks, he is intelligent, and has control over his emotions. He constantly calms Albert down, while rolling his eyes at the foolishness of his antics. In addition Armand is the only homosexual lead to have been married before, and to have a son from that marriage. All of these traits package Armand as the least-gay male, and the homosexual displaying the least feminine characteristics.

Albert is the extreme opposite of Armand. Not only does he jump at the opportunity to pass himself off as a woman, but he displays the most stereotypical gay characteristics. Albert dances as a woman in Armband's cabaret-style nightclub, and is adored by all of its patrons. He seems to be very at ease in women's clothing, make-up and other regalia. Albert plays the "female" role in the relationship between him and Albert. Not only is he highly emotional, but he is unreasonable, irrational and flighty. He clings to
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