Queer Sense Ecological Model: Macro Cultural System

Anderson Cooper PosterMacro Cultural System

The macro cultural system has a pervasive impact on the micro and extended cultural systems as the interactions within this system filter down. This system is comprised of media and legal events that occur and the presence of national or international institutions. The individuals in this system are celebrities or are people who receive national and international attention.

The macro cultural system’s media events include syndicated national broadcast of the TV series Glee famous with its gay characters, broadcasting a commercial featuring a same-sex couple raising a child, and President Barack Obama’s statement on national TV saying gays have equal right to marry. Legal events include the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passing of the ballot called Proposition 8 that discriminates against same-sex marriage, and Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed six states to implement same-sex marriage.

Rachel MaddowMacro Cultural System’s institutions include Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Supreme Court, National Center for Transgender Equality, Executive Branch, Tea Party, and media companies such as Fox News, MSNBC, Gay Channel.

When we think of individuals who are in the macro cultural system we are more focused on the individual’s interactions with the media: the “sound bites” an individual makes in terms of sexual orientation, statements and speeches someone makes, and stances an individual takes on issues related to sexual orientation.

Individuals in the macro cultural system include President Barack Obama who states people should have right to same-sex marriage, MSNBC Rachel Maddow who argues against Senator Demint on why same-sex marriage should be federally recognized, and Fox News anchor Bret Baier stating a good reason to oppose Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which protects gay people from getting fired is because sexual orientation is a belief that may conflict with employers.

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