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.
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?