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Queer Representation on TV

According to Diane Raymond, what are the three tropes that are prevalent in television sitcom's representation of LGBTQ characters? Why is she critical of these tropes? How do they represent queer sexualities and identities in a way that maintains compulsory heterosexuality (ensure that you explain this concept)? To illustrate your response, draw upon an example from either Ellen coming out episode (found in the Week 6 lecture) or from another 'queer' television sitcom.

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Diane Raymond's Tropes

Prof. Raymond, in the book "Gender, race, and class in media: a text-reader" (2003) writes that there are,"...three recurring patterns of tropes...identified in situation comedies. The first pattern, the appearance of lgbt major or supporting characters - acknowledges the very real changes that have occurred in the constitution of the characters populating television's world. the remaining 2 tropes, that of the 'gay pretender' and that of the 'straight-mistaken-for-gay' - have less to do with actual diversity of characters we see and more with how gayness itself is understood and metaphorise." She is critical of these tropes in her narrative for the reason that she does not see them as a representation of true diversity or of 'heightened cultural tolerance and inclusion'. She believes that it does present benefits to cultural acceptance and multiculturalism especially in the issue of gender and sexism but should not be taken uncategorically as if ...

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The solution is an 800-word narrative that discusses the 3-tropes prevalent in TV sitcoms in their representation of LGBTQ characters according to the views of Prof. Diane Raymond. Her criticism of said tropes (queer sexualities, stereotypes and standardized identity construction) is further analyzed by relating it to Ellen's coming out episode and the varied elements in the show as well as public reception of said particular episode. References are listed for expansion. A word version is attached for easy download and printing.