I tuned in to the first episode of “The New Normal” on NBC, and I was shocked at the way the gay couple was portrayed. The show displayed a homosexual couple in a heterosexual relationship. In other words, one partner was more feminine while the other was more masculine. This is not the first show to depict homosexual relationships in this way, and a stereotype has now been created that gay relationships have a “girl” and a “boy”. In this show, one man was seen shopping while the other was watching sports. A review, posted below, echoes the same sentiments:
I think that TV shows portray gay couples in a heterosexual way to make it more acceptable and less frightening. They can be seen as a “normal” couple because one person embodies the gender characteristics and roles of a typical female while the other displays the gender characteristics of a typical male. This is a problem for two reasons. One, it is creating a stereotype of homosexual relationships that is not accurate at all. Secondly, it is reaffirming the idea that there is a typical female gender role and a typical male gender role that must be fulfilled in successful relationships. This is a problem for heterosexual and homosexual couples alike. I’m very curious as to what you guys think about homosexual couples being portrayed in a heterosexual way.