Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sexual Ambiguity

Society's judgmental eyes are constantly watching the streets and television for the next big controversy. One of the biggest controversies today surrounds sexuality. Any little detail that may seem a little "off" about a character on television or a person on the street often leads the average person to believe they are homosexual. If you dress the wrong way, don't show interest in the type of person society thinks you should or act in a way that misrepresents your sex, you have to be a homosexual.

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to the controversy of sexual ambiguity deals with children's television shows. Bert and Ernie, Timon and Pumbaa, Chip and Dale, and Spongebob and Patrick are all examples of characters who have been accused of being gay. Does the fact that these male characters are close to each other really make them gay?

Where is this shown for female characters? Generally, it isn't. When female characters are accused of being lesbians in children's shows, it deals more with their lack of interest in males and the way they dress. Dora is one of these characters who gets criticized because she does not have a love interest of any type and does not dress in feminine apparel. Does this make Dora a lesbian?

What really defines who we are? That is the true question.

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