Pussy Up! A One Act Show Exploring the Effects of Heteronormativity and Microaggressions in LGBTQIA+ Youth
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Pussy Up! is a one act show that takes place in a world where homosexuality is the norm, male masculinity is insulting, and “manning-up” is pejorative. Taking place in sunny, suburban, Southern California, a group of teens disclose their experiences as “non-queer” youth and the role “homonormativity” and societal expectations play in their lives. Touching on toxic masculinity, internal battles, and gender non-conformity, the absurdity in the concept is meant to lampoon on the unreal expectations and culturally instilled bias towards heteronormativity and the fixed gender roles that promulgates a queer person’s childhood and adolescence. Through this piece, I will be highlighting the trials and experiences that members of the LGBTQIA+ community encounter on a daily basis. By switching the norm, I hope to accentuate the irrationality of fixed gender roles and bring forth the effects that microaggressions have on the mental, emotional, and sometimes physical health of its targets. This thesis is inspired by my own personal experience as a gay male, a short film by "HaierUp," as well as studies done on the impact of sexual and gender microaggressions on various LGBTQIA+ community members.