I feel the word ‘lesbian’ has been taken from queer women and transformed into something that is no longer queer or anything to do with female/female same sex desire. Rather, the word ‘lesbian’ in mainstream culture, particularly pornography, suggests a highly sexualised fetish for a heterosexual audience (predominantly male) with little or no relation to actual female/female desire.
In my eyes, mainstream terms such as ‘lesbian’ ‘lesbianism’ or ‘lesbian pornography’ have little to do with actual real queer female representations of sex or lifestyle. A man watching two lesbians on porn hub is not experiencing queer culture, a man engaging in a threesome with two women is not engaging in a queer act.
History has been written predominantly by men, so of course there is little mention of homosexual activity between women (unless of course it entertains the male sexually). Lesbianism has therefore historically either been considered an illness, non-existent or a sexual act for a male to enjoy (as history would tell us females have no sexual desire, they are purely there to please the male)
The term ‘lesbian’ has been stolen from queer women. It no longer exclusively translates as the desire between two females, rather the term ‘lesbian’ has become a heterosexual fetish. Two women and one man is NOT homosexual… its completely heterosexual. Actual gay women like myself could not think of anything more horrific than engaging in a sexual act with a female lover and a male.
I wish to dissociate myself from the label ‘lesbian’ and rather be referred to only as queer, gay or sapphic. My current projects have only slightly touched on the problem with the term ‘lesbianism’, but I have big plans for the future regarding this concept…
Take a glimpse into the world of PRECISIONISM by James Neale. A city in love with drink and drugs, sex and jazz.
Directed by Sian Alexandra Williams & Written by James Neale Hunter
Cinematography Jayden Robinson
In collaboration with The Old Sole Theatre Company
Disclaimer: I aim to write a more fluent article/essay on Oceans 8…but right now I’m far too excited and I had to just get my initial thoughts of my chest
Revolutionary? I think so!
No male-lead, barely any heterosexual romance or sex. No fragmented female bodies catered for heterosexual male audiences. No ‘silly’ female roles who do nothing but support the ‘all important white male’. None of the classic Hollywood sexist, racist, homophobic bullshit.
Find a man, have a baby, get married, have sex with men, look pretty , look sexy, find a man, do a nude scene.
Hollywood has finally produced a film that is so positive for female leads and female role models. The film is also racially diverse which is brilliant!
Lets hope Oceans 8 is a gateway film for more female positivity, female protagonists and diversity in Hollywood!
Go beyond my outer sphere and you will find my dear… Grey.
A Film By Sian Williams & Jason Patel
Written & Composed by Jason Patel
Camera by Jayden Robinson
Vocals by Jason Patel and Larissa Teale
Music Production by Rachel Goldberg
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