Pouring Tea

Pouring Tea - for being this way He hated the fact that he couldn’t change himself regardless of how hard he tried He emphatically proclaimed

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Parth Gandhi Women Culture and Society “Pouring Tea” A fearless performance by E. Patrick Johnson is how I would describe this play. Professor Johnson spent countless days and months going around the South to find black gay men who would be willing to share their experiences with him. The types of people that he encountered were at times funny, humorous, serious, and hurt. They were hurt by the stigma they faced growing up knowing that they were “different”. However, they accepted who they truly are and are now not afraid to claim their true feelings. I believe this performance had a few elements that truly related to our class. For instance, in one detailed account, Johnson portrayed a man who fought against society and God his whole life. He didn’t understand why he felt what he felt inside him. For a very long time this man thought that he was wrong
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Unformatted text preview: for being this way. He hated the fact that he couldn’t change himself regardless of how hard he tried. He emphatically proclaimed that God made me this way, how do you expect me to change?! This just shows how society places pressures on each of us to fit a gendered role and if we do not fit these roles we are looked at as deviant. If we do not conform to these social norms we are considered being a menace to society. He finally received liberation from this feeling when he confessed to his 4-year-old son that he was gay. It just goes to show how the world we live in is so black and white and any shade of gray is looked down upon. Hopefully, with a deeper understanding of these issues, as provided by Prof. Johnson, we can learn to accept people and not worry about anything else besides the fact that they are people....
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course 988 101 taught by Professor Ashleyfalzetti during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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Pouring Tea - for being this way He hated the fact that he couldn’t change himself regardless of how hard he tried He emphatically proclaimed

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