With reference to relevant cultural theories analyse the representation of sexuality in a film/television text of your choice.
I have chosen to look at and analyse a television text. It is a TV drama aimed at a teenage audience called Skins. I chose this particular text as it focuses upon many different characters and scenarios in regards to sexuality and this forms a basis for analysis and evaluation. Skins also focuses upon Teenage sexuality, specifically, which I believe is a broad and interesting subject to analyse with many opportunities to elaborate. Skins is a British teen drama, which was aired on Channel 4 on terrestrial television and E4 on digital television. It has had 2 seasons consisting of 19 episodes altogether. Skins incorporated many extras utilising the Internet as a large part of this. Fans can read character profiles and blogs, view pictures and see extra episodes and mini clips online in order to keep them interested between Seasons. One of the most talked about episodes of Skins features a teenage party which has been emulated many times over, even incurring one girl national news coverage and a large cost to cover the “estimated £20,000 worth of damage” she caused to her parents house by throwing a so-called ‘Skins Party’. (‘Police Arrest MySpace party girl’ www.thetelegraph.co.uk) When Gordon Farrer of theage.com reviewed Skins he said; “What a refreshing, entertaining and worthy series this has turned out to be.” Most reviewers and critics have looked at Skins in a positive way, with the movie and TV database IMDB.com rating it as a “9.0 out of 10”. (Skins – The Internet Movie Database www.imdb.com) Sexuality can be described as “The feelings, behaviours and identities associated with sex.” (LeVay S, Valente S.M, (2006) Human Sexuality 2nd edition, Sinauer Associates Inc. USA p.5) “Sexuality can be studied with a wide variety of approaches.” (Ibid,. p.22) Therefore sexuality is a broad and complex subject, which can be analysed in...
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