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@Joanna said: “With many individuals and couples deeply closeted out of necessity and unable to speak out against negative stereotypes,”

It is, nevertheless, interesting to compare this portrayal with the current media manufacturing plant of nice stereotypes of homosexuals. It is also interesting to note that current nice-only stereotypes are not deemed to be a stereotype by many. It is only when there is a negative portrayal that, all of a sudden, we are supposed to be dealing with a “stereotype.”

Although there are a lot of movies and TV programs that I don’t have time to watch, just from the small sample of what I do watch, it is extremely rare to see any homosexual character involved with violence, specially sexual and domestic violence. It is also rare to see portrayals of homosexuals sexually harassing others, and it is rare to see portrayals of homosexuals who are simply slime of people, concerning any ethical matter related to daily life. 

I’m not saying there aren’t any, but from a sampling of films and programs from someone who does some TV and movie watching, this is what I can observe concerning the characters and story lines themselves.

I would say that, by and large, it is not the degree of stereotyping that has changed concerning homosexuals, it continues to be as intense as ever, but it’s the type of stereotype that has currently shifted practically 180 degrees. Characters that reveal that among people with a homosexual mindset, we will find monstrous, or violent, or repugnant, or disgusting people, are  considered to be “stereotyping”  homosexuals in a negative way, and characters that show homosexuals to be only nice are considered to be portraying the “full” or “correct” reality about homosexuals.

As an aside, I have just looked up the etymology of the expression “by and large,” and what a nice one it is–it’s related to sailing. (name link)

“To get a sense of the original meaning of the phrase we need to understand the nautical terms ‘by’ and ‘large’. ‘Large’ is easier, so we’ll start there. When the wind is blowing from some compass point behind a ship’s direction of travel then it is said to be ‘large’. When the wind is in that favourable large direction the largest square sails may be set and the ship is able to travel in whatever downwind direction the captain sees fit.”

As a parallel to how politics shapes culture (as in media products), liberal politics regarding concepts and views on homosexuality are currently blowing the huge square (and mindless) sails of media producers and audience preferences in the direction they see fit.

“’By’ is a rather more difficult concept for landlubbers like me. In simplified terms it means ‘in the general direction of’. Sailors would say to be ‘by the wind’ is to face into the wind or within six compass points of it. To sail ‘by and large’ required the ability to sail not only as earlier square-rigged ships could do, i.e. downwind, but also against the wind. At first sight, and for many non-sailors I’m sure second and third sight too, it seems impossible that a sailing ship could progress against the wind. They can though. The physics behind this is better left to others. Suffice it to say that it involves the use of triangular sails which act like aeroplane wings and provide a force which drags the ship sideways against the wind. “

And, as an added language coincidence bonus in this wonderful little sailing expression (two for the price of one, we could say), “by” provides a second nice parallel to how ideology blows people’s perception and moves them forward, directly towards a certain pre-selected direction, against the logic of moving counter-wind, that is, against all force of reason or the ensemble of their intellectual cognitive skills.

“By and large” is definitely the expression to be used here.

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