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Samantha Brett: Stereotyping And Offending Straight Women, Straight Men, Lesbians, Gays, And Bisexuals!

Posted by Clem Bastow on July 4, 2008

You know, I’m starting to think that quoting Samantha Brett’s blogs is tantamount to taking photos of the toilet bowl and posting them on RateMyPoo, because it’s questionable as to whether she’ll ever come up with something (sorry, “opine”) that isn’t hideously dated, gobsmackingly sexist and utterly offensive to one gender/sexual preference or another – or, in this case, pretty much everyone.

To wit, Wednesday’s opening salvo:

If you’ve ever watched The ‘L’ Word television series, you will have been privy to the ultimate male fantasy that seems to turn on gents like no amount of cleavage or gold spandex hot shorts can do. “Visual candy for men,” is how the New York Times described the steamy series which follows the sex lives of super sexy women who make out with one another. (I can just hear the male pheromones being switched on as we speak.)

Yes, lesbian sisters, you read that correctly – The ‘L’ Word is not about lesbians, it is about “super sexy women who make out with one another”, evidently all for the benefit of the male gaze.

Now, I know The ‘L’ Word is about as gritty and realistic as Sex & The City, and yes, there was probably a marketing think-tank in the pre-production days that thought the show would likely attract a male audience, too. But to describe a show about lesbian relationships without even using the term “lesbian” – does Sam think those scary dykes are going to put the gay on her?

She continues “opining”:

Unfortunately two men kissing doesn’t have quite the same effect on women, leaving bisexual blokes scratching their heads.

Right. Sam apparently has not spoken to any of the “straight” women who like to read Butt magazine, or who enjoy writing X-rated boy-on-boy fanfic, or who have had threesomes with two men, and so on. The implication here is that two men kissing each other is “yucky”.

And then she goes on to denigrate – by suggestion – bisexual people (who frequently experience discrimination from all sides, gay and straight) by rolling out the old ‘bisexuality doesn’t really exist’ chestnut:

“Bisexuality is just a train to gay town,” many like to say. And as the New York Times reported, “You’re either gay, straight or lying”. And indeed that’s what happened. Before long he had a serious boyfriend and women were a thing of the past.

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And yet while studies conducted by psychologists confirm that while for men it doesn’t work both ways, for women it’s an entirely different story thanks to our brains. Science Daily reports a study which found that “bisexuality in women appears to be a distinctive sexual orientation and not an experimental or transitional stage that some women adopt ‘on their way’ to lesbianism, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.”. Who would have thought …

“Who would have thought” what, Sam? That someone can be truly bisexual? That all men who identify as bisexual are either on the down-low, lying to you, or sluts? That it was possible to write an article in which pretty much every known sexual preference could be sledged, stereotyped and slandered?

5 Responses to “Samantha Brett: Stereotyping And Offending Straight Women, Straight Men, Lesbians, Gays, And Bisexuals!”

  1. lozzy said

    “Unfortunately two men kissing doesn’t have quite the same effect on women”

    It doesn’t? *hands in vagina*

  2. Jessica said

    I don’t think i have any male friends who watch The L Word despite my raves about Kristanna Loken’s naked boobs. The L Word is written for women by women. I can see why men might like it, but it certainly isnt targeted at them. The truth is, straight women, lesbians, bisexual women, love a hot chick as much as anyone does. And it’s TV, it’s set in LA, the women are gonna be pretty.

    Being a straight-as-an-arrow woman The L Word manages to turn me on tremendously. And you know, so does two men kissing – so long as i find them attractive to begin with.

    I wish people like Samantha Brett would quit trying to speak on behalf of women and sometimes even men. Just what is Fairfax thinking? It’s embarrassing. I only wish people wouldnt take her seriously and they would stop commenting so she’d soon get the axe.

    Not to condone violence or anything (though this time i make the exception) i honestly wouldnt cry if she and that de Brito died.

  3. Kiki said

    OH MY GOD SHE KILLS ME.

    its pretty obvious she doesnt know any actual gay or bisexual people. she implies that The L Word is unrealistic because god forbid lesbians be beautiful, sexy, glamourous women. as if straight men watch the l word when they can watch porn??

    obviously there are always gonna be butch dykes but the lesbians i know are way more ‘feminine’ and girlie than me. they are all Chanel and Hermes to my tatty vintage and Converse. in fact when we go out people assume I’m the lesbian and they are the straight girls.

    as for women not enjoying two guys kiss…WHAT THE!! i LOVE it. all of us at oh errol do. at my drunken insistence ive seen lots of straight boys kiss (inlcuding footy players) and its the hottest thing ever.

    sam brett obviously cant comprehend that sexuality exists on a large and varied scale. her loss.

  4. sjxsjc said

    “Bisexuality is just a train to gay town,” many like to say.

    ha!

  5. sass said

    “And yet while studies conducted by psychologists confirm that while for men it doesn’t work both ways, for women it’s an entirely different story thanks to our brains. Science Daily reports a study which found that “bisexuality in women appears to be a distinctive sexual orientation and not an experimental or transitional stage that some women adopt ‘on their way’ to lesbianism, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.”. Who would have thought …”

    really samantha brett? what kind of leftist propagandist magazine is this science daily?

    sigh. another sterling effort from smh.com.au.

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