Gender and Sexuality in the Media
Gender and sexuality are more prevalent in society today than they have ever been. With shows out such as Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race, people are watching and becoming more accepting of people who identify differently than they do both with their gender and their sexuality. Queer Eye specifically has been raising questions from many different audiences and starting conversations that are both effective, and ineffective.
Because Queer Eye is a Netflix series, most people have access to it and are able to watch the show. I started watching the show over the summer out of curiosity and I had no previous knowledge on what the show was about or who was in the show. After watching one episode, I was hooked. The way that the 5 main guys treated the people they were ‘making over’ made me so happy, and seeing the looks on the people’s faces when their lives were transformed often brought tears to my eyes. While I really enjoyed this show, it wasn’t until recently that I realized some things on the show could be seen as harmful to some audience members.
In the article “Netflix’s Queer Eye Treats Consumption like the Antidote to Toxic Masculinity”written by Stefanie Duguay, the argument is brought up that the show does not address every issue having to do with being able to be successful, and therefore can be harmful to viewers. As I said before, I never thought about the show in this way when I was watching it over the summer. I thought of the show as entertaining as well as educational, because they often asked questions that I also had. A specific example of this is in season 2, episode 5, when Tan France is asking the shows first transgender male questions about his identity. With that being said, I am sure I am not the only one who had the same questions as Tan. While I do agree that this show does not address every issue there is, such as social class, I believe it is still a great show and can teach people things about gender and sexuality that everyone should know.