Don’t Judge Too Soon
In America today there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding gay people. These stereotypes are portrayed everywhere you look. You can find them on the television, in magazines and in movies. A lot of the time the media portrays gay people as fitting into only these stereotypes and as being so much different than any other person, without any regard for the truth or real life. People have preconceived notions of how gays and lesbians live their lives without even getting to know what its really like to be gay in America. There has to be a way to get people that don’t know anything about the gay culture to look deeper and stop perpetuating the myths and stereotypes they see portrayed on an everyday basis through television, movies, and magazines. One of the most common stereotypes about gay men is that they are effeminate. This belief was something that was addressed in an interview with the stars of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” on 20/20 in September of 2006. This was the part of the interview that addressed it: “We talked to Carson Kressley and Ted Allen, two of the stars of the hit television show "Queer Eye" about the stereotypes. What, we asked, are the stereotypes about gay men? “ "’It's that you're obsessed with fashion, and that you tan a lot and that you color your hair,’ they said. But, says Allen, the stereotypes are not always true. ‘Not all gay men are superstylish. Not all straight men are bad dressers,’ he said.” Kressley and Allen were trying to defend themselves from one of the stereotypes that people have about gay men. The 20/20 article went on to point out, “There is research that suggests gay men do prefer certain professions, like fashion, interior design and hair coloring, and that lesbians are more likely to prefer sports and the military. Researchers say it's because lesbians, on average, are attracted to more masculine occupations, and gay men tend to prefer more feminine occupations.” The interview...
Cited: Binkley, Gina and John Stossel. “Gay Stereotypes: Are They True?”. Interview. 20/20. 15 Sept. 2006. 4 Aug. 2008.
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