Sexual Orientation and Gender: Sterotypes and beyond.

In this paper Theo G.M. Stndfort explores empirical research about the relationship between sexual orientation and gender. He talkes about one studie that gives a more complicated meaning of the realtionship between sexual orientation and gender by targeting the relationship between male hmosexuality and femininity conducted by L.M. Ternan and Miles. In this survey they found two groups of homosexual men, with both extreme signs of masculinity and femininity in their self  perspectives. ” The relation between sexual orientation and gender is currently being studied in a highly polarized way ( Lorber, 1999).” In society it has been taboo for quite some time to mention or suggest that there might be a relation between effeminacy and male homosexuality. According to Lorber : homosexual people are merely understood as “performance”, with  the implicit of being under volitional control. This article also introduces the painting of Napoleon by the American pop artist Larry Rivers, calling the painting “The Greatest Homosexual” where the painting was meant as a gay canonization of Napoleon. will upload the picture soon!

I’m not gay….Im a real man! Heterosexual Men’s Gender Self-Esteem and Sexual Prejudice

This article is from Juan manuel Falomir-Pichastor, Gabriel Mugny that talks hevaily about “sexual prejudice”  and our society falling victum to stereotypical views and judgement. In this arlicle they were five studies examing the hypothesis of heterosextual men: in the fist two studies  showed that men’s gender self-esteam was positive related to sexual prejudice, the more positive heterosexual men’s gender self-esteam,  the more negative their attitude towards homosexuality. In study three and four showed that this link appears to be filled with prejudice and an unconfortable willingness to get close to gay man. In the last study lead to the results of men’s attitude as a defensive function aganist threats to their masculinity, this shows a direct connection betweens men’s sexual prejudice and their self-esteem.    


We will be conducting interviews with men of all ages in order to group them together into the age groups we will be comparing. We will ask them a series of questions regarding their definition of masculinity, what it means for a man to be masculine, whether they feel gay men can be considered masculine, etc. in hopes to examine the relationship between the two. During the interview, we will use photo elicitation in order to see how the men react to different levels of heteronormative masculinity and the stereotypical feminine. Combining the interview with the reactions to the photographs should help us notice a relationship between men’s sense and idea of masculinity and the way homosexuality affects this.


We will fully disclose the intentions of our interview with the men and ask their permission to use anything from the interview in our project. We will remind them they can end the interview and withdraw from participating in our project whenever they want to. Sexuality is a sensitive topic to most so we will be careful to try not to push or offend anyone with the interview. The photos we will use for the photo elicitation, we will make sure we have permission to use and will credit the sources. Any pictures we take, we will put a creative commons license on and make sure have permission of any possible subjects in the photos.

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3 Responses to “Getting serious”

  1.   Bianca E Says:

    This sounds very well put!
    I guess as a fellow “sociologist”, what are some things you plan on asking your participants?
    Did you make sure questions as yet?
    If so, how long did it take you guys to word everything properly in order to be non biased and non judgemental

  2.   biancaerriah Says:


  3.   Antonia Says:

    Good. Please check grammar and spelling before posting your entries!
    Please see my comments of Stephanie’s post.

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