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Modern Family

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Transcript of Modern Family

Modern Family
Opening Video
Family Structure
Nuclear Family (Claire & Phil)
Two parents and children
Same household
"Isolated Nuclear"
Reconstituted Family (Jay & Gloria)
"Step" Family
Break of nuclear families
Homosexual Family (Cam & Mitchell)
Form of nuclear
Adults of same sex and children
Purpose of the Family
Virtues
Cam and Mitchell is a positive model for gay couples
Modern Family gives a different perception
Gives clear examples of how homosexuals may fear offending others
Allows others to have an insight into the lives of homosexual couples
Certain regions do not have many opportunities to engage with other couples
Pope Francis is open to opinions the world has of the gay community
Even nutty right-wingers are having a harder and harder time hiding behind their own lies about the LGBT community and about gay marriage.
The show avoids having politics in the engagement
Keep between the people and what it means to them

Communincating with Culture
NBC Nightly news reporter Kristen Dahlgren claims that “shows created an era of acceptance” which allows more people to come out of the closet.
Vices
The “modern” family of Cam and Mitchell is still based on traditional male and female roles
Cam is depicted as extremely feminine
Satisfies hetero normative expectations
No physical affection on screen
Non-physical but intimate moments between Cam and Mitchell still makes conservatives uncomfortable
Gives the perception that it is ok to laugh at people associated with typical stereotypes

Stereotypes
Professor Greg Lewis of Georgia State University: “knowing gay people personally and knowing them through the media is convincing people that gay people are people. They have lives, they have loves, and they have families.”
Reinforcement
effeminate voices
over reactions
shallow obsessions
vanity complexes
promiscuous physicality
Challenging
Parallels the complexity of gay individuals with the complexity of straight individuals
Committed relationship
Femme-butch complexity
Discussion Questions
What do you think constitutes a family?
Do you think there will be a noticeable difference between children raised by homosexual families vs. heterosexual families?
Why do you think our society struggles with homosexual individuals and families?
Family
They want to be like any other family
Struggles with an adoption
Explaining the death of pet
Planning a wedding
References:
Assef, Alex. “”You’re the Worst Gay Husband Ever!”: Progress and Concession in Gay Sitcom Representation.” Deep Blue. N.p., n.d. Web. Nov. 13, 2013. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/91779/alexassa.pdf;jsessionid=BDAB01B596A207BB0CFB20E1D3C9BB89?sequence=1.
"CP Church & Ministry." Christian Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
Dahlgren, Kristen. Reporting. NBC Nightly News 26.3 (2013): Web. Nov. 13, 2013. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/51340426#51340426.
"Family and Household Changes." Sociology. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. <http://www.sociology.org.uk/AS_family_changes.pdf>.
"Gay Marriage Proposal on ‘Modern Family’ Panics Conservatives." N.p., 17 Nov. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
Lewis, Greg. Interview with Kristen Dahlgren. NBC Nightly News 26.3 (2013): Web. Nov. 13, 2013. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/51340426#51340426.
"'Modern Family' Producer on Making TV History with Same-sex Proposal: This Wasn't about Making a Statement." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
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