Lesbian becoming passe? Let's see- ah. No. Never.
Written by a women? Yes. That explains the false title. Move along- nothing to see here.
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Probably notjust more of that illicit ick thrill. Despite melodramas like Lillian Hellmans The Childrens Hour, in which a woman kills herself after realizing she is in love with her best friend, lesbian relationships were never the object of disgust, Nussbaum says. Porn films for straight men often use lesbian sex as a turn-on, so clearly their audience does not find that disgusting. It is much harder for mainstream audiences to get used to seeing gay men in ways that suggest sexual contact.
On Glee, flexi-sexual cheerleaders Brittany and Santana regularly share sweet lady lip-locks and dry humping without censure, even though these scenes dont venture much beyond the Katy Perry tasted like Cherry Chapstick level of Eros. But let gay fashionista character Kurt finally exchange a chaste boy-kiss with his prep-school boyfriend Blaine, and its Super Bowl Nipplegate all over again. Saturday Night Live alumnaturnedJesus freak Victoria Jackson summoned up the response from much of America when she wrote that the kiss sickened her.
Intentionally or not, gay rights advocates play down mens sexuality. But when the ick factor goes the way of other historic icks, as did miscegenation, Jim Crow laws, or interfaith marriage, gay men can have the privilege of seeing their randy ways become as ho-hum as their Sapphic counterparts.