Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the US version of Queer as Folk represent two of the ways in which commercial television recreates queerness, especially as enacted by gay men. While Queer Eye makes queer experience subservient to straight romance and Queer as Folk emphasizes the features of gay male culture that are potentially most disruptive to straight life, both series stereotype and marginalize that experience in order to produce commodities that can be safely consumed by straight viewers.
Laura Stempel, Ph.D., worked for 10 years as a TV critic for Isthmus, Madison's weekly paper and is the author of Love and Ideology in the Afternoon: Soap Opera, Women, & Television Genre (Indiana UP, 1995), "Sitting Like a Girl" (Rhizomes 3 [Fall 2001], rhizomes.net/issue3/girly.htm) as well as essays on style, academic careers, and coming out.
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