AI: Stereotyping Relationships
So as she listened to me complain about my latest squabble with the girlfriend, a friend of mine let out:
“See, that’s why I don’t date other girls. They get upset so easily over nothing!”
Now, she was obviously joking. But comments like this usually get me thinking of other people, who profess such things actually thinking they’re true, referring to stereotypes on the “nature” of men and women (as in “gay men are more promiscuos/have more sex, gay women are more comitted/more sentimental”), and to whom I almost never know how to react.
So I ask you:
What’s the most common stereotypes on lesbian/gay couples you hear? How do you react to them? Is it different when you know the person saying it doesn’t actually mean it?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, at 3pm ET.