Have you heard people who are doing amazing work in their communities say things like, “I wish I could turn off my brain and just enjoy this show without critiquing how problematic it is?” I’m guilty of this too, but I’m not so sure if I really want to because sometimes I get really awesome ideas when I’m not actively “working”.
I’m specifically thinking of a recent experience that came from a TV show. I think it first started when I watched a few episodes of ABC’s show How to Get Away with Murder. Okay, I confess that as a loyal self-professed Netflix lover, I binge watched all of it during Thanksgiving weekend.
Queer woman or not, I was quite impressed about how hot the gay sex scenes were in there. I must admit that the actors playing the gay guys were chiseled to the point that I thought they had picked underwear models to represent all gay men.
While I’m sure many of us can appreciate the eye candy above, it’s probably not a good for the average gay guy’s body image, but that’s a rant for another time.
Aside from that, I was quite happy to see the discussions about HIV in a relationship. They raised issues like:
What’s more thought provoking to me was the subtler issues that Oliver (the East-Asian guy) was dealing with. These subtleties reveal themselves when Connor asks Oliver about how was infected with HIV: