Thursday, February 24, 2005

2/14/05 movie: beautiful thing reading: reconceptualizing the gay teen

i just realized that i forgot to write out my response in here so im doing it now.

the movie beautiful thing was really interesting, though hard to understand sometimes with its british slang. it was your average coming of age story with the twist that its also about two teen boys falling in love.

i liked the way the characters related to each other. all three of the teenage characters came from a lower income, single parent setting. jamie came from the loving family, which was probably why he was able to come to grips with his sexuality with a bit more ease than his crush, steve (?). steve came from an abusive household, which made him quieter and a bit more apprehensive about coming to terms with his sexuality. it was fairly obvious that he would have a very negative, physical response if he came out to his brother and father. leah was the wild next door neighbor. her mother had no control over what she did. i believe her main purpose in the movie was to show that being a straight teenager coming of age was just as difficult as being gay like steve and jamie. so all three of the teenagers were coming from the same background, and finding out who they were. and it seem just as difficult for each one of them.

i really enjoyed sandras character, who was jamies mother. she was just like any other mother. im am not quite sure what happened with her relationship with tony, whether he needed to go back to his own socio-economic class or if she just needed to be a mother. i dont think it really matters though because she was able to make the decision to be alone and move to the better neighborhood, to the better job for her and her son. maybe jamies coming out was her own awakening in that she needs to take another look at the world and make some changes to better her own life.

the reading for this week was about a study of homosexual teens. i dont know how i feel about such articles because studies are so subjective, especially when is it on an issue you can see, like homosexuality. the section on labels really turned me off to this article. sw seemed really surprised that the young womyn he interviewed often refused to label themselves as lesbian or bisexual. he explanation for this was that it limited them in there sexual activity adn because they thought by rejecting this form of self identity they are protecting them selves from those that would disagree with those labels. both of these assumtions are correct, but this "anti-labeling" phenomenon isn't soley limited to those adolesents that are homosexual. i believe it is something common in our society today because we are realizing that labeling ourselves places us in categories that create stereotypes about us. i feel like i just went off on a tangent that doesnt make much of a case, i just realize how significant labels in our society are and how problematic they are.

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