Stereotypes?

random11's picture

So I'm wondering if there are homosexual stereotypes? And if there is what are they?

random11's picture

Well let me re-phrase.. I

Well let me re-phrase.. I know there are stereotypes, but I'd like to hear them from you guys.

elph's picture

Stereotypes Are Created to Segregate...

...and are largely limited to what is visually accessible. And --- more often than not --- are created to identify or denigrate "them".

So, yes, there are homosexual stereotypes, just as there are stereotypes for all groups towards which others would like to draw attention (often for ill).

The common characteristic of homosexuals resides in the (very likely, immutable) workings of the mind, and does not correlate with any particular universally observable characteristic.

jacjessen90's picture

ummm...

^^could this be phrased so you don't need a doctorate to understand it??^^

"may we meet always in happy circumstances, may the saddest day of your future be better than the happiest day of your past,& may you get all of your wishes but one,so you still have something to work for!"~ irish blessing

Grace Hughen's picture

translation into simple English

Stereotypes Are Created to Segregate...
...and are largely limited to what is visually accessible. And --- more often than not --- are created to identify or denigrate "them".

[Translation: Stereotypes are judgements of a shelf full books based on the cover of one of them. Generally the cover chosen is the hardest to relate to, so nobody will want to give any of the books a chance.]

So, yes, there are homosexual stereotypes, just as there are stereotypes for all groups towards which others would like to draw attention (often for ill).

[Translation: This misrepresentation happens to a lot of groups... anybody outside "the norm"... because people fear what they don't understand.]

The common characteristic of homosexuals resides in the (very likely, immutable) workings of the mind, and does not correlate with any particular universally observable characteristic.

[Translation: Stereotypes are wrong because what GLBTQ people have in common is not something you see on the outside.]

ShowMeLove's picture

My opinion...

Ignorant people generally stereotype gay men as flamboyant and effeminate and, more often than not, sexually promiscuous.

Lesbians on the other hand people generally stereotype us as really butch. Short hair cuts, butch demeanor, sometimes man-hating, ect.

And people tend to think bisexuals are just on the road to gay town. Also I think the general stereotype is that bisexuals sleep around A LOT.

And of course some of these stereotypes can be true for some people but really it's only SOME. Not all gay men are flamboyant. Not all lesbians are butch, there's femmes out there too! And of course not ALL bisexuals sleep around and are promiscuous.

And it's TOTALLY okay if you fit in with some stereotypes, I think. Because if that's who you are than that's who you are. No biggie, just be yourself. The ignorant a--holes treat these stereotypes as if they are a bad thing...but that's only because they fear anything that's different from the "norm".

Except maybe the man-hating stereotype isn't such a great trait :P

jacjessen90's picture

yes, but....

to deviate from the norm, someone would have to be able to say "what is normal?" and get a (no pun intended) straight answer...

"may we meet always in happy circumstances, may the saddest day of your future be better than the happiest day of your past,& may you get all of your wishes but one,so you still have something to work for!"~ irish blessing

ShowMeLove's picture

Totally agree!

That's exactly why I put norm in quotations :) Ignorant people think that their views are the normal ones. Where in reality, everyone's views are different. No one can define what's normal, just what's common.

Once upon a time I ripped the wings from my spine
But when I hide inside your eyes I still pretend that I can fly

random11's picture

Are there straight people

Are there straight people who act very femmy or have femmy voices at least? because my mom thinks that every guy she talks to that has a femmy voice is gay. It kind of pisses me off.

jacjessen90's picture

yes, there are....

my best friend in the world... he has a voice pitched so that if you put him on the phone you'd think you were talking to a female, and his inflection is so 'valley-high' that you would swair that HE inspired mosty of the rumors...

With Eight Words the Rede fulfilled:"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt!" Blessed Be!~jacjessen90

Peregrine's picture

"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye

"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye WILL" not "Wilt" . . . Wilt means to wither and die...

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ferrets's picture

ohhhhh yesss!

some one corect me if im wrong, but i think a sttragiht guy with feminen featuristcis is called a meterosexaul.

two guys are talking. one is straight, one is gay. the straight one says" is there anyway i can turn you straight?" the gay one responds" of course, ill go straight as long as you turn gay!"

in rainbows's picture

stereotypes?

my mom thinks every gay person is supposed to be clean and stuff.....which is why she questions me sometimes...er all the time (but not for that reason only lol).

"he who laughs last didnt get it, but he who laughs first has the dirtiest mind."