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DON'T CLEAN SLEAZE
Strangely enough I think you may be guilty of commodifying
and therefore main-streaming Sleaze! Your depictions of
Sleaze as a kind of de rigeur lesbian 'fashion' raises Sleaze to
the kind of respectable heights I doubt most lesbians would
want to be associated with. After all, the very appeal of Sleaze
is that it should be sleazy! Sleaze is the absence of 'nice', an
absence of 'style'. Sleazy is a criticism. Sleaze can't be bought
in a trendy 'sleaze' shop. Sleaze is mean and dirty, Sleaze is
defiant and not just another means to exploit the 'market'.
Sleaze is when you don't give a damn! Other wise, nice mag.
--- The Sleaze Police, via email.
In addition to my anger over the Marriage Ban Act, further
insult has been added to injury when I recently found out
that although the government considers us "unfit" to legally
adopt, they do consider us "fit" to foster children. Upon
recent investigations into fostering, I was informed that gay
and lesbian applicants are assessed equally to heterosexual
applicants. This hypocrisy is deplorable! We cannot adopt
children into loving and stable families nor can we adopt the
biological children of our partners. However, when the
government needs solutions to social problems such as
children in need of fostering we are highly encouraged to
apply with no restrictions. I believe that in addition to
fighting for the right to marriage, we should also fight for the
right to adopt and I would be more than happy to assist
anyone who has already taken up the challenge on either
battle. --- Name and address supplied.
I was really fascinated by the August issue of LOTL. The
cover story picture on page 13 of Ann-Marie Calihanna was
superb. She reminds one of a goddess in Greek mythology,
of women in great paintings baring their breasts and showing
the beauty of their body. If only more Femmes would be
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willing to pose like goddesses like that. I'm a great fan of the
book by Clarrissa Estes Women Who Run With the Wolves
(every woman who likes women should read that book).
There is something infinitely exquisite about the sight of a
woman's full breasts and the jewel like nipples crowning
them. 'Seductive eyes', Clarrissa Estes calls them, 'barometer
of the soul', 'soul comforter', 'speaks a language only a
woman can understand'... Thank you also for the coverage of
the Feminist Bookshop. They well deser ve the praise and
attention. I did pick up some great self-help books there. I
was surprised to find a large section on erotic literature and
willingness to discuss the topic openly. What a joy and relief!
I didn't know it ser ves as a meeting place for like minded
women. What a lovely thought. Thank you for the personals
too. It is good to know where one can turn to if one should
want to meet women that way. --- Robyn, via email.
Many thanks to you and writer Dawn Cohen for the
wonderful article on The Feminist Bookshop (August LOTL).
We appreciate your support, and the great cooperative
relationship we have shared with LOTL for many years. We
have seen LOTL grow from strength to strength firstly with
Frances and Barbara, and more recently with the superb team
of Merryn and Silke. Would also like to say thanks to the very
diverse lesbian community for support of the bookshop over
many years. In the hard times you have kept us afloat. We
hope there will be many more happy birthdays to celebrate.
--- Gail Hewison, The Feminist Bookshop, Lilyfield NSW.
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