In the early decades of cinema, LGBTQ+ identities and experiences were often invisible or stereotyped. Over the years, the representation of sexual diversity in contemporary cinema has evolved significantly. Below, we examine some of the challenges and advances in this area, as well as some case studies and analyses of specific films that have marked a milestone in the representation of sexual diversity in cinema.
Anime is a form of art and cultural expression that has transcended the borders of Japan and become a global phenomenon. However, Japanese anime is also a mass communication medium that reflects and transmits the values, norms, and stereotypes of Japanese society, especially regarding gender issues and the representation of women.
In the vibrant world of modern literature, the representation of queer identities has taken centre stage. This piece delves into the evolution and impact of queer representation in literature. We’ll explore how authors are breaking stereotypes and offering readers a more nuanced understanding of queer identities.
Discover the captivating story of Heliogabalus, the trans empress challenging historical norms in the Roman Empire. Explore the controversies, her bold gender identity, and the North Hertfordshire Museum’s groundbreaking decision to recognise her as a trans woman.
Pink, the colour often associated with femininity, sweetness, and delicacy, has played a significant role in defining and reinforcing gender identity and gender stereotypes in our society. However, this connection between pink and femininity has sparked discussions about the influence of colour on our sense of identity and how it contributes to the rigid concept of the gender binary.
Video games have been a beloved form of entertainment for ages, captivating individuals through their engaging narratives and exhilarating gameplay. However, the gaming industry has long been criticised for lacking diversity and representation. Traditionally, white males have dominated the role of protagonists, while other ethnicities, genders, and identities have been marginalised or depicted through damaging stereotypes. Fortunately, the tide is slowly changing as game developers recognise the significance of representation within video games.
On 24 February 2022, the West had no choice but to finally consider Ukraine as more than a ‘pawn in a geopolitical game being played by Russia’, according to Dr Olesya Khromeychuk. The Global North woke up shocked by the full-scale Russian invasion alongside its justifications and the brutality of the military campaign.
Neil Gaiman, the acclaimed writer of books like “American Gods,” “Stardust,” and the co-writer of “Good Omens,” is known widely for his legendary comic series: “Sandman.” Although Gaiman’s books and stories have been adapted to television, cinema, and theatre, none of them was as highly anticipated as “Sandman .”Netflix released Sandman’s first season at the beginning of August. This literary adaptation has sparked the usual debate: how loyal are the series to the comics? In this case, the changes make ...
I was instantly intrigued by the title of Margaret Atwood’s first published novel. “Edible” looms threateningly over “woman” like a predator sizing up its prey. ‘The Edible Woman’ in question is Marian MacAlphin, a young woman who works a normal market research job in 1960s Toronto and is engaged to the similarly normal Peter Wollander. As Marian surrenders to the soul-destroying regularity of her conventional social role, she descends into an identity crisis and becomes unable to eat.
Bridgerton is one of the most popular Netflix shows, with its second season, which premiered last month on the streaming platform, having broken the record for most-viewed English-language show in a week on Netflix. The show, which takes place in Regency-era London, depicts London’s high society, known as the ton, during the social season, when debutantes are presented at court, also known as the Queen Charlotte’s Ball, in order for the aristocratic and upper-class young women to be introduced to ...