This project investigates the role of the heterosexual female character on two reality
television shows, Boy Meets Boy (2003) and The A-List (2010-2011), that target a dual audience
consisting of the homosexual male and the heterosexual female. In Section One, I investigate
how both shows are able to target this dual audience, as well as the representational politics of
each character type. From this, I perform a close textual analysis of the each character’s coding
by utilizing Katherine Sender’s “Dualcasting,” or the idea that both audiences can be targeted
through advertising that is crafted to appeal to both demographics. In Section Two, I investigate
what intent is behind the existence of the heterosexual female and whether her character
reinforces or dismantles a heteronormative gender structure. In Section Three, I assess how the
audience responds to both the homosexual male and the heterosexual female characters based
upon fan forum response. In this section, my goal is to investigate the legitimacy of the female
character through eyes of the audience and her role in creating significance on these shows.
Visibility and Legitimacy of the Heterosexual Female Character on Boy Meets Boy and The A-List.
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