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Here’s A Lesson In “Straight-Acting” That Nails What’s Wrong With Rigid Gender Roles

Robin Williams tried to get Nathan Lane to do it in The Birdcage, Russell Tovey fancies himself rather good at it, and countless dating app profiles proudly boast that they fully embody it.

“Straight-acting” — those two little words that represent a complicated social order of internalized homophobia rooted in our expectations of how a man is or isn’t supposed to present to the world.

This lesson in straight-acting from season one of Tina Fey’s buzzy new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt points out the terrible nature of it all:

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