Master of Arts
Amanda Nell Edgar
Craig O. Stewart
The current study examines contemporary understandings of Queer masculinity through a textual and audience analysis of Netflix's Queer Eye: More then a Makeover. I begin by situating this project within the context of media studeis. From there, I engage with literature surrounding the representaitons of differing genders and sexualities in reality television shows. Using the theory of ordinariness (Cavalcante, 2018) and the theory of reflexivity (Sender, 2012), I argue that Netflix's Queer Eye represents a subtle shift in the representaiton of Queer men in television as ordinary and "everyday." Audiences understood this presentaiton as Netflix's Fav Five's ordinariness as confidence and through reflexive engagements with the series, came to expect the Fav Five to perform emotional labor on themselves in order to construct an actuated self. Audiences also deploy reflexivity to complicate their engagements with Netflix's Queer Eye through believability, queer representation, and anti-fandom.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Brown, Cameron Lynn, ""My Job is to Live My Life, Not Save Yours": The Ordinariness and Emotional Labor of Queer Masculinity in Netflix's Queer Eye" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2025.