Home' LOTL : June 2004 Contents Any show with that much lesbian sex is bound to have a
few tongues wagging, 'scuse the pun. I am tickled pink
to imagine the reactions of horrified homophobes, belligerent
bible bashers and malevolent misogynists to some of those
scenes! Though criticism has come from our own community of
course -- we are fussy when it comes to lesbians in the media.
But more importantly, I'm glad that there is new fodder for
young lesbians to chew over -- examples of lesbian identities,
lifestyles and issues for us to engage with! So, do young
lesbians, like me, think the L Word stands for quality LESBIAN
content? Is L for 'Love it', 'Like it' or 'Loathe it'? I asked what 'L'
stands for, and these were your responses:
"L is for LATE at night! It's past my bedtime, so I have
to tape it," --- Dani (15).
"L is for LOTS of LICKS -- never before has there been
that much lesbian sex on TV in one hit that wasn't porn
or about plotlessly pleasing men. I actually like that there
are all kinds of sex on this show -- couple sex, sneaky sex,
experimental sex, one night stands, cheating sex. It shows
the diversity of lesbian sex life and the complexity of our
relationships instead of just one stereotype." --- Bek (20).
"L is for LONG HAIRED LIPSTICK LESBIANS.
There is an inordinate amount of femmes on this show!
I actually like it as pretty lesbians out there get ignored
by mainstream representation, and treated as 'suspect' by
gay clubs. Shane is butch-ish anyway," --- Tara (22).
"L is for LIFE-LIKE -- the issues they face: coming out,
inter-race relationships, staying closeted, discovering your
sexuality, prejudice, female ejaculation, stalker girls, finding a
donor, being mistaken for a guy ... all stuff we deal with. I
am really excited to finally see what lesbian sex looks like, too
TO QUOTE ANI DIFRANCO, UNLESS YOU
HAVE "A BUCKET OVER YOUR HEAD AND A
MARSHMALLOW IN EACH EAR", YOU'VE
PROBABLY HEARD OF (AND TUNED INTO)
THE LESBIAN-THEMED DRAMA THE L WORD.
BY TIFFANY JONES.
PHOTO CHANNEL 7
-- I mean how are we expected to know what to do unless
someone shows us or talks about it???" --- Eloise (17).
"L is for LOVE -- I totally love Shane! Her hair rocks. I
like how she is poor, has a rebel streak and isn't all
'perfect'." --- Vanessa (16).
"L is for LUST ... I lust after both Jenny and Marina!
They're hot. I think their relationship is really exciting. It
kinda sums up my first relationship with a girl who had a
boyfriend and who was really confused. I think all the
situations are very realistic and the reactions were just as
intense for us all. Well done The L Word!!! " --- Aisha (19).
"L is for LAME. Specifically, the choice of actresses.
Only Bette's sister and Shane are real!" --- Jess (20).
"L is for LABELS -- they purposely put in someone of
every label (straight/bi/gay, white/black, fat/thin,
single/coupled, out/closeted, etc) so they didn't get in
trouble with various factions of lesbians! But you can't
please everyone, and it comes off a bit contrived."
--- Sam (23).
"L is for LIBERATING. I am so glad there is finally a
lesbian show and that it is funny and clever. At least
someone is putting their money where their mouth is and
not just complaining about the lack of role models, but
creating some." --- Cammy (21).
"L is for at LAST!!! I am sick of scraping the barrel to
find possibly/maybe dykey characters to watch! Finally,
this is not just about reading between the lines for lesbian
romance (like in Xena or those shows where they tease
you with possibilities)." --- Kelly (25)
So I would say that the general consensus out there is that
you 'love' the show, but that you aren't an easy bunch to
please and really do demand the best in plots, actresses, issues
and scripting for the portrayal of something so close to your
hearts. That's fair enough, but don't let this stop you enjoying
a good show!
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