Perspectives: “The Same Thing We Do Every Night”: Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons

  title={Perspectives: “The Same Thing We Do Every Night”: Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons},
  author={Jeffery P. Dennis},
  journal={Journal of Popular Film and Television},
  pages={132 - 140}
  • J. Dennis
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Art, Sociology
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television
Abstract The author analyzes animated television programs from the 1950s Ruff and Reddy to the present for codes suggesting same-sex desire, identity, and relationships. Animated sitcoms such as The Simpsons and Daria tend to acknowledge gay and lesbian identities, while presenting same-sex desire as ludicrous or beyond the realm of possibility. Conversely, surreal cartoons such as Rocko's Modern Life and Spongebob Squarepants tend to ignore gay and lesbian identities but present same-sex… 
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