Gay-Themed Television and the Slumpy Class

@article{Becker2006GayThemedTA,
  title={Gay-Themed Television and the Slumpy Class},
  author={Ron Becker},
  journal={Television \& New Media},
  year={2006},
  volume={7},
  pages={184 - 215}
}
  • R. Becker
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Sociology
  • Television & New Media
This article links the success of gay-themed programming in the 1990s to the sensibility of an emerging class of Socially Liberal, Urban-Minded Professionals (the “Slumpy” class). In the era's neoliberal climate where multicultural celebrations of diversity mixed with calls for fiscal responsibility, being socially liberal and fiscally conservative became the political position of choice for a growing number of well-educated and upwardly mobile baby boomers and Generation Xers. As it came to be… 

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