Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity in Film

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Title

Gay Best Friend: Reshaping Ideologies of Gay Masculinity in Film

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

Creator

Pereira, Matthew J.

Date

2016-04-09

Identifier

https://commons.keene.edu/s/KSCArchive/item/21095

Language

eng

Subject

Communication

Type

Presentation

Provenance

Keene State College

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