Presentation Title

“Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity in Film”

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

Communication

Mentor

Jamie Landau

Date & Time

April 9th at 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Abstract

Revised abstract for AEC

Matthew Pereira

Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity on Film”

This study examines the 2013 film G.B.F (Gay Best Friend). This film is one of the few mainstream teen-comedies with two gay males as lead characters. Specifically, I use the method of close-textual ideological rhetorical criticism to analyze the verbal and visual messages in the film. I argue that the film both reasserts and reshapes norms of masculinity, heterosexuality, and homosexuality, such as how the “ideal man” is straight and “not feminine” (e.g. isn’t flamboyant, likes sports). Rhetorical strategies in the film ultimately persuaded these beliefs. These strategies include naming, voice-over narration, informal style, identification, and labeling. This study has implications for the (dis)empowerment of gay men in contemporary American society, cultural constructions of masculinity, and research on film as an ideological medium.

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Apr 9th, 4:15 PM

“Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity in Film”

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Revised abstract for AEC

Matthew Pereira

Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity on Film”

This study examines the 2013 film G.B.F (Gay Best Friend). This film is one of the few mainstream teen-comedies with two gay males as lead characters. Specifically, I use the method of close-textual ideological rhetorical criticism to analyze the verbal and visual messages in the film. I argue that the film both reasserts and reshapes norms of masculinity, heterosexuality, and homosexuality, such as how the “ideal man” is straight and “not feminine” (e.g. isn’t flamboyant, likes sports). Rhetorical strategies in the film ultimately persuaded these beliefs. These strategies include naming, voice-over narration, informal style, identification, and labeling. This study has implications for the (dis)empowerment of gay men in contemporary American society, cultural constructions of masculinity, and research on film as an ideological medium.