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Intergenerational relationships: Case study of Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer

Benge, Victoria (2015) Intergenerational relationships: Case study of Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer. Engenderings (05 May 2015). Website.

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Actor and presenter Stephen Fry and comedian Elliott Spencer announced their engagement on 6 January, 2015 amidst a flood of media interest. As I followed the coverage, I was struck by the media’s constant reiteration of the couple’s age difference. Rather than celebrating their engagement and later marriage, I was appalled to see how the British media demonised the couple due to their 30-year age gap. The mainstream British media focused on the way in which homosexuality, but more specifically intergenerational same-sex couples are devalued compared to heterosexual couples. Despite the amount of coverage and the apparent praising of the couple, the underlying tones of much media attention reinforced the concept that adult, intergenerational[1] relationships are ‘unnatural’ and ‘wrong’. This article looks at the ways in which intergenerational relationships between gay men are represented through discourses on economics, age, and homonormativity.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 23:16

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