Home' LOTL : April 2004 Contents EDITOR'S LETTER
This issue, I am reminded of the 'lesbian chic' craze that
hit us around ten years ago. Remember? It all started with
the August 1993 cover of Vanity Fair, where a scantily clad
Cindy Crawford played barber to a pin stripe suited k.d.
lang. Then there was Ellen and Anne, and Melissa and Julie,
and suddenly everyone wanted to be a lipstick lesbian, or at
least raise eyebrows and pop flashbulbs by acting like one.
You couldn't open a women's magazine anywhere without
female celebrities offering up girl on girl confessions, and
nearly every TV show featured a much anticipated female to
female kiss. Well, judging by the new US TV series The L
Word, the good old days are back -- and then some. The
debut was such a ratings smash that Showtime immediately
gave a second series the green light -- almost unheard of in
TV land. But is it harmless good fun or the latest installment
of sapphic modernity in which lesbian identity continues its
slide into de-politicisation? Hmm. You be the judge. But
happy reading and viewing, anyway!
PHOTO FIORA SACCO
Kathy Sant is a Sydney barrister. She has been
active in the fight for equal rights for gays and
lesbians for many years, and is a former
convenor of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
Jaquie Eden-James is a freelance journalist
who recently relocated to Sydney from
London. Previous work has concentrated on
arts and culture news and reviews for the UK
gay media including g3, Gingerbeer,
Rainbow Network and The Pink Paper. Her
article on The L Word is her first for LOTL. "I was intrigued
by The L Word as it's groundbreaking, long-overdue, and
raises lesbian visibility in a fresh and hot way," says Jaquie.
Carson Hunter started working as a journalist
simply so she could meet Melissa Etheridge,
and has now interviewed everyone in the
dyke universe from Judy Nelson to
Marguerite Cammermeyer. Based in the US,
she also writes for The Advocate, Frontiers
and Girlfriends. "I have talked with many, many celebrities
but Melissa Etheridge remains one of my favorites. I was
quite pleased to conduct this interview from the fireside of
her house and yes, she did bring me some water."
Rebecca Kagan is a shy, retiring, passionate
book-lover, who takes seriously her mission
to share good reading with lesbian friends.
When she was a little lesbian, Rebecca
wanted to be a librarian, and has worked
around books for 25 years. "I measure all
books against my favourites, Jeanette Winterson and
Virginia Woolf, and always have a big stack of titles on my
Evelyn Hartogh has a Master of Arts in
Creative Writing and an MA in Women's
Studies and writes Pop Cult Sheroes for
Queensland Pride and Pop Tarts for LOTL.
Her work regularly appears the Australian
Women's Book Review Online, and she has
been published in Artlink and The Routledge International
Encyclopaedia of Women's Studies. Her only dependent is
a fluffy tortoiseshell cat named Princess Leia.
Jacqueline McDiarmid is a Sydney-based
psychotherapist and coach. She sees a lot of
people walk into their first couples counselling
session filled with dread and apprehension --
and walk out much-relieved about the process,
and with hope for their relationship. Outside
of work, Jacqueline likes playing with her partner, dress-ups,
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