A kiss is just...

McKee, Alan (1996) A kiss is just... Australian Journal of Communication, 23(2), pp. 51-72.

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This paper proposes that a survey of representations of men not-kissing men in recent television drama series makes clear a particularly hysterical fascination. While the Australian program GP has managed to produce a banal representation of two men kissing, American equivalents have resorted to a series of strategies which make insistently clear that not only can men not kiss-but that the act of not-kissing must be repeatedly displayed. By refusing to have lovers kiss; by having lovers kiss but refusing to show the act; by having gay lovers, but having one played by a woman; by having men kiss but rendering the act ridiculous; in these ways, American television programs make clear the importance of this act by consistently pointing towards it and declaring its impossibility. This paper calls for the justice of equal access to public images of kissing.

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ID Code: 42051
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0811-6202
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Australian Journal of Communication
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2011 23:07
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 08:13

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