Introduction

PROUD TO BE A “GLEEK” —

I am assuming most of you, if not all, have heard of the term “trekkie,” referring to someone who is obsessed with Star Trek. But have you ever heard of “Gleek?” “Gleek” is a name given to someone who LOVES the show Glee on Fox Network.

Glee is a recently made hit t.v. show about the experiences of high school students in their ever unpopular Glee Club. This t.v. series showcases problems that today’s high schoolers face, from being the “football quarterback whose real aspiration is to sing,” to being the “gay kid” in school. Glee works to prove that differences are what make people who they are and that those differences should be celebrated rather than looked down upon.

This video is of my favorite song, “Loser Like Me” performed by the Glee Cast. Here, the students are finally taking pride in who they are, while standing up to Jane Lynch who plays Coach Sue Sylvester, probably the biggest bully out to destroy the Glee Club.

As a hit t.v. series, Glee has managed to impact schools and their students all around our nation. Students are now more open to talking about issues such as race, gender and sexual orientation in school and the students who were once seen as “uncool” and found themselves “lost in the shuffle” are finally figuring out where they truly belong.

Watch this CBS New Report on the show!

I chose to do an analysis on Glee because I myself am a “gleek.” But more importantly, I believe our society needed a positive show in the media where kids are not taught to look or act a certain way, but rather to accept themselves–Glee does just that.

Several identity markers are displayed throughout the seasons from social class, when Sam’s family loses their home, to physical disability, shown within the character of Arty. In my posts to come I will discuss the roles of sexual orientation in Glee and the messages it is sending our nation’s youth. I will also talk about gender and how being a female compared to a male effects students’ experiences through out high school and within the Glee Club as well as how Glee challenges gender “norms.”

In talking about these two identity markers I plan to bring up how the show uses discrimination, more specifically individual and institutional discrimination (Pincus and Johnson) to show how the subordinant students are impacted.  I also would like to talk about how privilege (Johnson) plays a role in the show, not necessarily with race, but with gender and sexual orientation.

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