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Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture

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Edited By Izabella Kimak and Julia Nikiel

The essays included in this book offer an overview of literary works, films, TV series, and computer games, which reflect current social and political developments since the beginning of this century. The contributions intend to x-ray the most crucial aspects of contemporary North-American literature and culture. Addressing a variety of media, the authors of the essays probe the many ways in which repression and expression are the primary keywords for understanding contemporary American life and culture.

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Representation of Asexuality in The Big Bang Theory (Petra Filipová)

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Petra Filipová

Representation of Asexuality in The Big Bang Theory

Abstract: Using the example of The Big Bang Theory (2007-present), this paper strives to demonstrate the stereotypization of asexual characters in American sitcoms as less human, socially inept, and incapable of forming healthy relationships.

Keywords: asexuality, American television, sexual minorities, The Big Bang Theory

Human sexuality undeniably represents a significant part of everyday life, particularly in contemporary Western society. In the past several decades, we have seen great progress towards rights for minorities such as gay, lesbian, and transgender people. It is no longer shocking to see an openly homosexual character on prime-time television. There are still, however, minorities which are severely under- or misrepresented. One of these minorities is asexuals.

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