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AN END TO DEVIATION
I would just like to state how vehemently I agree with
the letter “Too Deviant” (March LOTL). I have had
to draw the conclusion LOTL is unaware of [DV8’s]
history and reputation, particularly surrounding their
treatment of women – most especially women who
have become involved with the household, only to
be injured during play and told to “shut up” about it
and then unceremoniously dumped and discarded. It
is a poisonous household that thrives on drama and
the destruction of people they perceive as threats to
them. It is also a household rooted in deep misogyny
and a general disdainful and disrespectful attitude of
women, especially “submissives” – submissives in
that household are not even allowed to socialise with
anyone the “Master” of the house decides he does not
like, regardless of the submissives’ feelings. They are
also emotionally blackmailed to “obey” other such
ridiculous rules. I have witnessed unsafe play by them
many times. Many other stories exist as well, the
event in question and others, one resulting in aserious
injury that the injured was forbidden from ever telling
anyone – DV8’s reputation as the “best” practitioners
of BDSM in Australia must be protected at all costs.
I would strongly urge all women considering a DV8
party or any event put on by DV8 to reconsider. It is
not a lesbian-friendly environment – you’re invited
to provide wank fodder for the Master of the house,
make no doubt about it, and there are plenty of other
disrespectful male Dominants who are drawn to their
events who think it their right to invade your personal
space and speak/touch inappropriately.
PQ, Sydney NSW.
[After careful consideration of reader complaints
LOTL will no longer run ads from the business DV8
– Silke Bader, Publisher]
As a long-time subscriber to LOTL, I was disappointed
to see a picture of a woman smiling as she is holding
up a fish that had been hooked [“Olivia Stops Here”,
March Travel]. Imagine reaching for an apple on
a tree and having your hand suddenly impaled by
a metal hook that drags you – the whole weight of
your body pulling on that one hand – out of the air
and into an atmosphere in which you cannot breathe.
This is what fish experience when they are hooked
for “sport.” Many people grow up with a vague
impression that cold-blooded creatures, such as fish,
don’t feel any pain. This belief has been around for
a long time. There has been considerable research
undertaken over the last few years that establishes
the fact fish have the anatomical and chemical
prerequisites to feel pain. What remains to be learnt
is what types of pain do fish experience. So why not
let fish enjoy the beautiful day, too, by leaving your
fishing gear at home?Name not supplied, via email.
A warm thank you to Jaz, Wentworth Falls NSW,
“Hearing Woman Gives Thanks” [February LOTL]
for her reply to the wonderful interview dedicated to
Deaf Lesbians in the January edition of LOTL. We
were really pleased to see that someone took the time
to respond in such a positive manner. Sign Language
is a beautiful language to learn and is unique because
of its many visual and gestural characteristics.
Auslan is the sign language of the Australian Deaf
Community. However it is important to clarify that
sign language is not international as indicated by
Jaz, although this is a common assumption made by
a lot of people. There is no one sign language that is
universal among Deaf people. International Sign (IS)
is an international auxiliary system (not a language)
sometimes used by Deaf people at global events such
as World Federation of the Deaf and the Deaflympic
games. It is also used informally when traveling
and socialising. Once again thank you Jaz for your
response, we hope to see you in and around the Deaf
John O’Neill, Manager, Education and Training
Deaf Education Network NSW.
I’m a poor, impoverished student, who can’t really
afford the luxuries of life, like subscribing to LOTL.
So, I pick it up for free, on King Street (NSW), as
a way of keeping in touch. Thanks for removing
the monthly calendar from the printed magazine,
putting it online and then making it so that to view
it, a person has to subscribe. Makes me feel all warm
and included in the community. Please remember
that poor dykes sometimes like to know what’s going
Name not supplied, via email.
[Ed: To find out what’s on each month consult
Chick Picks and Venue listings in our magazine. The
Calendar did move online but it’s free. Log onto lotl.
com and click on What’s On in your city of choice.
Other free online things are e-news, community
contacts, and Free Stuff.]
From Team Twisted – promoters of Tongue Twister
On Saturday 24th February, under one roof, 1000
lesbians came out to party. And party hard they did!
They danced, laughed, karaoke-d, twisted tongues
and let their leso hair down. The promoters would
like to thank everyone who came to Tongue Twister
to celebrate our Mardi Gras season. See you next
Team Twisted, via email.
Elizabeth Jolley died recently in Perth at the age of 83.
I remember well as a young lesbian reading Palomino,
her first novel, shortly after it was published in 1980,
and feeling validated by seeing myself, or at least
parts of my life, reflected on the page. The novel
explores a passionate affair between an older and a
younger woman, a theme which she revisits often.
Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983) and The Well
(1986) continued her interest in lesbian relationships,
often in an obscure, understated way. In her cardigan
and sensible shoes, and with her modest manner,
Elizabeth Jolley disguised a prodigious talent and
an openness to love between women. As a lesbian, I
would like to mark her death by encouraging others
to read her work and keep her place in the canon of
Australian lesbian history.Teresa, Leichhardt NSW.
[Ed: Read Rebecca Kagan’s tribute on page 25.]
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How important is it
for wealthy lesbians
to be out and proud? 51%
Very. We need powerful visibility
Somewhat. Everyone should be out
no matter their economic status. 11%
Not. Poor militant dykes do all
the hard work.
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