Bibliography #3 Term: Intimacy
Introduction: All of these clips fit together with respect to the term intimacy. The first clip regards the bible and how gay intimacy is unacceptable and unnatural. This directly ties into the second and third clip. The second clip shows a representation of a gay young person struggling with their quest for intimacy with another man. He struggles with the fear of rejection from the straight man that he loves. The third source involves the public's reactions to homosexual public displays of affection. A very interesting show called What Would You Do? aired on ABC and has brought to light many issues from a nonbiased standpoint. The topic in the clip I chose deals with attitudes toward gay and lesbian people's PDAs. It is a very telling experiment. All of these clips deal with homosexual intimacy in a heteronormative society.
Summary: This article deems the term homosexuality broad and ambiguous. It also states that I believe that within the Biblical sexual ethic, sexual intimacy is restricted to the lifelong union of marriage, that marital union can only exist between a man and a woman, and thus that sexual intimacy has no place within a same-sex relationship. It is also stated that homosexual acts are unnatural. The bible states that divorce and remarriage is adultery yet many ministers and priests support these ceremonies since life-long celibacy is unrealistic. Homosexuality is not viewed as realistic however it is merely scuffed at as being an unhealthy and ungodly lifestyle.
I found this source by typing into Google "homosexuality and intimacy".
Belgau, Ron. (2005). City of God. Does the Bible Condemn homosexuality? Retrieved November 28, 2010, from http://www.cityofgod.net/speech/ulldebate.htm
Director: Roger Avary adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis book
Ian Somerhalder's character Paul plays a gay college student who is in love with James Van Der Beek's character Sean. Sean is a straight individual and he is in love with a girl named Lauren. However, Sean is a drug dealer and spends a significant amount of time with Paul since Paul buys and does drugs frequently. Paul uses the excuse of doing drugs to hang out with Sean. While the two young men are both stoned in Paul's dorm room Sean is imagining and thinking sexually about Lauren and Paul puts a pillow over his erection and masturbates while imagining kissing and fondling Sean. The next scene is Paul and Sean the next morning, Sean still is sitting on the ground and Paul in his bed. The boys are watching heterosexual porn while Paul looks miserable. This movie portrays homosexuality in college as living an imaginary life. Paul's perception of intimacy with someone that he has a crush on includes smoking weed and watching porn. Both of these activities are viewed as negative or unproductive in heteronormative society. This movie, a popular film, represents homosexuality as closeted and disgraceful.
I found this by watching HBO.
Other sources relevant to this source are all other Bret Easton Ellis books such as Less Than Zero and American Psycho.
Avary, Roger. (Director). (2002). Rules of Attraction [Film]. Lions Gate Films.
What Would You Do? Gay PDA
This clip includes different couples in different states showing public displays of affection. These couples are straight, gay, and lesbian. All couples get different reactions from public audiences. All of the couples are actors but are actually in relationships with each other. The straight couple in a restaurant gets no reaction other than comments such as "that's what's up," and cat calls. Their PDAs are almost encouraged. The gay couple which is two men sitting on a park bench is seen as "obscene". One man even approaches the couple and yells "Why don't you two get a fucking room," in a threatening manor. Other people act disgusted and few people pass approvingly. The lesbian couple receives dirty looks from women and men and then a group of younger men walk up and talk to the women treating them as if they are a circus act. The young man walks up to the two women as they are kissing and ask them if they will say hi to his friend. The men treat the lesbian couple as a show that is being put on solely for their entertainment. This show depicts homosexual intimacy and PDA as still unaccepted for the most part in America which I believe is highly accurate.
I found this clip because my roommate directed me to it. She saw it on hulu.com
If you wish to view this clip go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0IoOSKndcQ
What Would You Do? ABC original series (2007).
Bibliography #3 Term: Intimacy