Home' LOTL : May 2004 Contents EDITOR'S LETTER
Love it or hate it, Channel Seven's The L Word has certainly
got everyone talking. But who knew that the show, which
some consider no more substantial than a sapphic Sex in the
City, would be so controversial? I'm not talking about that
ridiculous episode where Bette and Tina drag some guy home
from a gallery opening to be their sperm donor. As you do. No,
I mean the recent fuss from five big companies who have
allegedly withdrawn their advertising after finding out the
nature of the content of the program during which they
advertise. Like they didn't know what The L Word was until a
right wing religious group called Saltshakers, according to The
Age, wrote to them and accused them of insulting their
"normal" customers by supporting such an "appalling" show.
Worse, it appears that the advertisers responded to the
lobbying by withdrawing their ads, some stating that the ads
had been run in "error" to begin with. Now, many lesbians
wear Just Jeans and we certainly go through an awful lot of
Naprogesics, which are manufactured by Roche. My home
contents is insured with Allianz, my women's multivitamin is
made by Centrum, and lesbians love their Jeeps (made by
DaimlerChrysler) ... It would be very unfortunate if the
companies we support show how much they support us by
pandering to the right wing. As we go to print, so it seems.
MS JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHED BY FIORA SACCO
Bridget Haire is LOTL's regular parenting
columnist. This month she ponders her
daughter's early experimentation with gender
bending via an accident with some potting mix.
Sylvia Kinder was born in 1948 and has
been involved in the lesbian and women's
movements since the early 1970s in
Adelaide and Sydney, with seven years in
Germany. She spends her non-teaching time
bushwalking, cycling, and socialising with
as many older lesbians as she can, and is interested in the
issues they face.
Carson Hunter has interviewed everyone in
the dyke universe from Judy Nelson to
Marguerite Cammermeyer. "It's always
exciting for me to give a voice to someone
who may be the lesser known partner in a
high profile relationship. I had already met
Kelli Carpenter the first time I met Rosie O'Donnell but we'd
never had a time to talk on our own until now. Although she
seems to be the complete opposite of Rosie, once you talk to
her, it makes sense how this very high profile couple has
managed to stay together through thick and thin."
Nic Van Dyke is a radio producer and music
industry insider with Nova 96.9. She has been
breaking music news in LOTL for three years
with access to the world's biggest and best
musicians. Along with music, Nic's other
pleasure in life is her Golden Retriever, Jordan.
Dawn Cohen meets the Byronite duo behind
Wildbite biscuit company, which fuses native
Australia with cosy Europe into an organic
whole, communicating a subliminal message
of hope for a harmonious Australian future.
"I was intrigued to find out more about a
couple who could create such a wonderful message
embedded in a money-spinning biscuit!"
Kris Fontaine is a professional astrologer/
tarotologist/clairvoyant and Reiki/spiritual
transformer, and has been a regular
contributor to LOTL since its birth. She is
passionate about anything New Age,
psychological and esoteric -- from Feng Shui
to numerology through to counselling and hands-on healing.
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