In the Classroom: Misrepresentation of LGBTQ Identities in Film

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Throughout my time in my class on LGBT Politics in Film I have had an interesting change in perspective that has allowed me to be more open and receptive to what is going on around me. In our course we have discussed how as members of society we have learned to internalize a false dichotomy on queer identities. We learn from a very young age to operate inside of certain “norms” that are deemed by society. There has been a misrepresentation of LGBTQ identities throughout media, film, and society in general and it is time we start questioning these images and digging deeper into these concepts.

There has been a misrepresentation of LGBTQ identities throughout media, film, and society in general and it is time we start questioning these images

We have learned that this is not a new issue–queer identities have been misrepresented across history to send messages to society on deviance. However, what I have come to realize from the course is that we need to make a shift in thought from simply internalizing the images we are given and start questioning them. It is of utmost importance that we learn to think for ourselves. The more we start to push back on these ideas we are being taught, the more quickly we will (hopefully) begin to see a shift in societal thought. The representations we see of LGBTQ identities are more often than not that of the opinion of elites. This is why when we learn the tools needed, we must begin to question and analyze these misrepresentations and injustices.

A huge problem we face as a society is that we believe that whatever it is we see on television is true. The way that LGBTQ identities appear in media exists to support an existing social structure, however we often fail to recognize these images are often untrue and misleading. My political science class has allowed me to gain a new perspective on questioning what I have learned to internalize from the media. Since the start of the class I have made a dramatic shift in my thought and have begun to question and analyze media in every aspect of my life.

tatianna plefkaTatianna Plefka is a sophomore at Wheelock College majoring in Political Science and Global Studies and minoring in Writing. She is originally from Horsham, PA. VIDEO: Hear more from Tatiana Plefka about her experience in Political Science and Global Studies at Wheelock.