neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

rambling about TV

So many thoughts from talking with Biyuti.  In the first season, it seemed that it started out with there being characters who were just supposed to be in the background and not talk much, and definitely not sing.  Matt and Mike were two, and Brittany was kind of another.  (Well, Brittany talked sometimes.  I don't think she sang in the first season.)  They all could dance, though.  Finn, Will and Rachel were the focus characters, and Finn and Rachel still are to a great extent.  Other characters have become important, too, and got some screentime.  Kurt was always meant to talk, and to sing.  He became an important secondary character.  There was later more focus on Santana and Brittany than seemed to be planned, and Mike finally got a storyline in season three.  Blaine quickly became an important character in relation to Kurt's storyline.  Now, in the fourth season, Blaine is getting his own storylines, unrelated to Kurt.

Quinn seemed to be meant to be a fairly important character, and Puck was Finn's friend for a while, and then still collaborated with Finn.  They became bros again.  The football players were bros.  This was Finn, Puck, Mike, Matt and later Sam and Artie.  The circle of bros extended further to include Joe and Blaine.  It took a while, but finally the other boys were convinced that Artie's physical limitations didn't stop him from being one of the boys.  Blaine likes being around other boys in a homosocial environment.  Puck said, "Even you, Blaine."  Blaine passes (always that word with him) for performing gender in a mainstream way, at least on the surface.  It's certainly arguable that Blaine doesn't actually perform gender in a stereotypically masculine (for the U.S.) way, when he's not trying to put on a performance.  He's usually deliberately putting on a performance, though.

Kurt never became a bro.  He likes being friends with girls, and aligned himself with them.  I've seen it suggested that he felt safer with them, which was certainly a valid consideration.  Eventually, though, Puck said that Kurt was his "boy."  As much as the other boys at McKinley felt that Kurt queered gender with his voice, clothes, sexual orientation, and interests, he was eventually accepted as being a boy.  Kurt told Burt, "I'm a guy, Dad."  Kurt made it clear at least to Burt how he identified.

Tina was mainly in the background for quite a while, but this season she's "shouting to be heard," as some bloggers describe it.  I like hearing her sing, and I like when she's calmly explaining things, but I take girls being rude much harder than I take boys being rude.  I'm sure this is some internalized sexism, and socialization.  But Tina is getting herself some attention.
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