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Dr. Brett Mills

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University of East Anglia
Earlham Road
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Company Description: The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned, research-led University, known for its pioneering and collaborative approach to research which...   more

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Brett Mills : Nick Anstead, 27 Nov 2012 [cached]
As I tweeted earlier today, my colleague Brett Mills is having a bit of an odd day. He has been pilloried on CiF, readers of the Indy website have said rude things about him and (apparently, I haven't heard it yet) Gabby Logan on Radio 5 asked him if he gets off on watching mice have sex.
Why this vitriol? Brett, a Senior Lecturer in the Film and Television Studies School at UEA, recently authored a paper arguing that animals have a right to privacy, a right frequently violated by wildlife programme makers.
Tags: Brett Mills, human rights, Political Theory, UEA>
Gay animals an inconvenient truth for BBC, claims study, 8 Feb 2013 [cached]
The study, by Dr Brett Mills of the University of East Anglia (UK), examined how breeding, sexuality, monogamy and ideas of the family were presented within the BBC's classic television wildlife documentaries.
Mills claims the documentaries focus on human "norms" of sexuality and family and any alternative behaviors are side-lined or ignored. "Heterosexuality is upheld as the norm in wildlife documentaries and the idea of the family it presents is one which equates the family with heterosexuality," he said.
Mills chose BBC documentaries because of their dominance and reputation in the field of wildlife filmmaking. In particular, he examined the use of voiceovers because of the significant role they play in wildlife documentaries.
"Voiceovers tell the audience how to make sense of what is being seen," said Mills. "Indeed, it is the necessity of envisaging a sense-making voiceover for sequences or images that is likely to be one of the factors taken into account when editorial decisions are being made about what to include or exclude from a program. The environment, via the voiceover, is interpreted and understood via decidedly human cultural norms and assumptions."
He suggests that forms of animal behavior which are commonly missing in such programming demonstrate how ideas of sexuality, monogamy and family persist within human debates, adding: "The descriptions of animal behavior, because of their association with the 'natural', play a telling role in the policing of human behavior."
Mills speculates that wildlife documentaries could usefully provide a view of alternative lifestyles and non-traditional ways of organizing families and social interaction.
Just A Theory » Getting It Wrong [cached]
Wildlife documentaries infringe an animal's right to privacy, says Brett Mills, a lecturer in film studies at the University of East Anglia:
In the Press | Christian Concern- Page 9, 9 Feb 2013 [cached]
Dr Brett Mills of the University of East Anglia accused the veteran broadcaster of espousing the idea that all animals are heterosexual despite a wealth of evidence they engage in a variety of sexual activity.
Well, that has all changed thanks ..., 11 Feb 2013 [cached]
Well, that has all changed thanks to an academic's accusations that Sir David has failed to address animal homosexuality in his documentaries, which according to Dr Brett Mills is "pretty much everywhere".
Dr Mills, who is head of media studies at the University of East Anglia - not biology, psychology or anything else remotely scientific - has something of a history for hating on Attenborough's nature documentaries, having previously accused the man, who most of us would love to have as a grandfather, of invading animal's rights to privacy.
The academic claims that there is "a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates that many non-human species have complex and changeable forms of sexual activity. Mills may have a point in some respects, as homosexuality has been observed in over 1,500 species of animal.
Determined to prove himself by verbosity, Mills cites several examples of potential animal homosexuality side-stepped by Sir David, including (but not limited to, don't forget!):
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