"We're here. We're queer. Get used to it."

Anja Falkner Matthiassen, Kristina Maria Danielsen Eliasen & Antonia Barding

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This (queer) thesis is concerned with the representation of gender and sexuality in two modern American streaming series: Sense8 (2015-) & Transparent (2014-). This thesis, then, aims to combine and incorporate three major, but often separated, fields of study, namely, Feminist Studies, Queer Studies, and Trans* Studies, into one; Gender Studies in order to combine the best of all worlds and create a more united community in order to break down the patriarchal structures of society (both on- and off screen). With a queer-theoretical approach (primarily inspired by Judith Butler) it investigates how both series break with earlier media tendencies concerning stereotypical, one-dimensional (and even sometimes non-existing) portrayals of minorities (basically everyone who is not a white, cisgendered, heterosexual man). It finds that these two series are part of a small but growing media landscape that creates stories not dominated by ‘the heterosexual matrix’ (‘forståelighedens matrice’). Furthermore, it finds that the trans* and queer community as well as women in general are represented in a way that gives back agency to said members, mainly because they (finally) get to tell their own stories. This is especially made possible by the growing number of talented, groundbreaking, competent, brave and notable women ‘behind the camera’. Jill Soloway (Transparent/I Love Dick) is leading the way by defining as well as using the ‘Queer Gaze’ (‘Female Gaze) in a way that’s in opposition to the otherwise dominating ‘Male Gaze’ (as defined by Laura Mulvey). Other important female pioneers worth mentioning are the Wachowskis (Sense8), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), Lena Dunham (Girls), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) to mention a few. This thesis predicts that the days of objectification and sexualisation of women are (fingers crossed - hopefully) soon to be over. Especially now with women all over the world uniting in writing #MeToo, thereby challenging the sexist structures of modern society and getting one step closer towards equality (in Hollywood as well as in society).

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2018
Antal sider158
Vejledereerik svendsen


  • Queer
  • Køn
  • Seksualitet
  • Tv-serier
  • Sense8
  • Transparent
  • Butler
  • The Gaze