Maya Angelou is a poet and also a Grammy honored author known for her famous novel titled ” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. A book that goes into discussing Angelou’s life from when she was younger up until she was about 17 years old. For those of you who may not already know, Angelou is also a civil rights activist. Maya Angelou became a writer and poet only after failing at a number of other jobs such as, Prostitution, nightclub dancer, and many other jobs. Maya is also known for her poetry. Some of which many people may know already like ” Phenomenal Woman” by the tone of the poem by saying “pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size. But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally ,Phenomenal woman, That’s me”. which to me is basically saying just because she isn’t what most people consider beautiful doesn’t mean she isn’t attractive an unwanted. When she says. ” but when I start to tell them they think I’m telling lies it’s in the reach of my arms the span of my hips”. that alone shows that she doesn’t care what other people think or believe because she can prove them wrong.
Throughout many of Maya Angelou poems. You’ll go on to see that she uses a lot of imagery and metaphors. Angelou’s poems touches on her life, family, racism. The poem that I chose to discuss by Angelou is a poem called “Alone” which goes on to discuss how nobody should be alone which I feel relates to queer culture and an article by Adrienne Rich Titled Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. In this article Adrienne discusses how women dreams of being with other women has been crushed due to the fact that a lot feminist haven’t discussed it. But does that mean that women that like woman show be alone or just settle because it isn’t what society perceives as the normal no. I feel as though if your happy then that’s all that matters, because if your living trying to make other people happy an not yourself than you are alone. If your somewhere where you aren’t happy than you are alone. To be alone doesn’t mean to be by yourself. But to me it’s also a feeling that society has made a lot of people feel.
After Sex is both a comedy and a drama film that discusses eight couples and their behavior after engaging in sex with one another. The film was released in 2007. Although I will analyze some of the scenes, I chose to focus on one scene in particular which involves Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana.
In the movie after sex their isn’t one specific setting for the entire movie, being that the film focuses on eight entirely different couples. For those of you who have not seen the movie. Most of the couples in the film are in some type of bedroom or bed when their situation occurs. The movie starts of with the first couple by the name of Leslie and Christopher. In the film it comes off as if the couple aren’t really together, but there just friends with benefits. Everything is okay until Christopher makes a comment on how he wants Leslie to come out and say how much she loves him. But Leslie feels as though Christopher wants her to say how much she loves him, so that he can say how much he loves her. Simply Because he is frightened by what her reaction might be. But that might be a problem that Christopher needs to work on.
Then we have our second couple by the name of Jay and Freddy too gay men, that have sex. After Jay decides that since he has never had sex with a guy until then that he is not gay. Well, doesn’t want to believe that he is gay, because is he scared of what the people around him might think. So Freddy goes into making him(Jay) understand that he used to be just like him, even went on to tell Jay that he attempted to kill himself when he was younger because he could never fit in he was often bullied. Only then Jay realizes that he might be gay but doesn’t know what exactly to do about it.
Now we have too females by the name of Nikki and Kat. Nikki allows Kat to perform Oral sex on her often but has yet to admit to being gay. She often tells Kat not to catch feelings for her because she doesn’t have time for that. Simply because she likes boys, And Kat then tells Nikki that she is also not gay but Nikki doesn’t believe her. Towards the end of the scene Nikki gets Kat to admit that she is gay for the first time. Kat goes on to say that she has no problem with being gay as long as her parents doesn’t find out. But during a scene in the library when Nikki ask Kat the question of how does she taste? you can see that there is a possibility that Nikki might be a little bisexual or even gay by the way there looking at each other.
I feel as though several scenes in the movie After Sex could be related to Chauncey’s “Gay New York” . Due to the fact that most people in the gay community was once looked at, as disgusting. But the fact that everyone is able to come to together and prove to the world or the society we live in. That we are humans with feelings, and that we are just different from what most people consider normal. Doesn’t mean we have to be looked at as shameful. In Gay New York we see that they continue to live their lives regardless of how people view them.
Noah’s Arc is an African American Queer based show. That goes on to give it’s audience an overview of the lives of four gay males, in which they struggle to deal with different situations. Such as same sex dating, marriage, parenthood, infidelity, promiscuity, Gay bashing, and Homophobia. The show first premiered in the early 2000’s as a pilot, due to it’s immediate success the show automatically became a hit. When watching the first episode you’ll see that the show takes place in Los Angeles, California. In the first episode you’ll also go on to meet the four individuals by the names of Noah, who is the leading character in the show, Alex, Ricky , and Chance. Noah is a struggling screenwriter who is naïve to relationships. Whereas Alex is an outspoken HIV counselor who demonstrates self-confidence, jealousy issues and a take charge attitude. Ricky on the other hand is more of a free- spirit. Ricky is a sexually promiscuous owner of a men’s clothing store on Melrose Avenue who tries his best to avoid commitment. Lastly there’s Chance who is an economics professor who tries to
In season 1 episode 1 the leading character (Noah) runs into a guy by the name of Wade who is a former screenwriter who befriends him. From the beginning you can see that Wade is a perfect match, he handsome, masculine, and is very successful. The only issue is that Wade struggles with his sexual identity. Therefore he has difficulties with the person he actual is and the person he wants everyone else to perceive him as. In this episode Noah wants Wade to be more than just a friend of his, but he also doesn’t want to get hurt. Wade continues to hang out with Noah then realizes that he might be gay, but is scared. While Wade, Noah, and Noah’s Friends are at a gay club Wade whispers something into Noah’s ear. Which brings Noah into shock. When Noah is asked what happen he freaks out and says that Wade told him that he finds him sexually enticing. Therefore if anything were to happen between them there would have to be a female involved.
I feel as though the situation between both Wade and Noah falls under Judith Butler’s ” Gender Performativity”. Due to the fact that because being gay isn’t what society portrays as normal. Wade feels as though he can’t be gay and if he is gay it would have to be behind close doors. I also feel as though because he (Wade) wants to remain in the closet, or cares to much about what people might think of him. He believes that if Noah and him were to have sex and a woman is present. Then that would mean that he isn’t really gay or queer it would just be considered a 3some. Gender performativity is similar in the way that because something isn’t apart of the regulatory regime that society has created or pushed on to us it cannot be considered normal.