I make fun of lesbian chic
, but it's one of the reasons I got on TV.
Before that, though, Field proudly describes her support for President Obama--she designed T-shirts featuring his image for both of his presidential campaigns--and cringing at the term "lesbian chic
," which Style.com recently declared was back after fizzling out in the 1990s.
One possible explanation may be that Dos mujeres lends itself better to the notion of "lesbian chic
," a term cultural theorists have coined to describe popular fascination with lesbians in the media in the early 1990s.
"We need to be lifting this gal up in prayer, her parents too, not to mention the young girls who will buy in to this lesbian chic
The film capitalized on the phenomenon of lesbian chic
at the time, which saw a spate of lesbian-themed movies released, such as Rose Troche's Go Fish (1994), Maria Maggenti's The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love (1995) and Josiane Balasko's French Twist (1995).
A New York magazine cover (actually early 2004) captured last year's "lesbian chic
But not all stars approve of lipstick lesbian chic
. The Cheeky Girls recently slated tATu for their lesbian antics.
But of course, the "novelty" status accorded to lesbians belies their long and difficult struggle for positive representation by the mainstream media; thus the present signification attached to their trendiness-popularly known as "lesbian chic
"-is much more complex than the cultural experience of most fads.
This book is not all woeful testimony, however, but a witty celebration of lesbian chic
in an era when the phrase "lipstick lesbians" hadn't been invented.
: Jennifer, alias Rachel, holds Winona in a passionate clinch that stunned millions of viewers in the United States; LOVE IN THE AIR: Ryder, left, hugs Jennifer; GIRL TALK: They start by chatting innocently; HOLD ON YOU: Winona's getting intimate; SHOCKER: Winona looks stunned after kiss; LIP SERVICE: Rachel tests out her gay side with Phoebe
29) where phantasmagoric visions of castration collide with the titillation of lesbian chic
. In Roman Polanski's more complex and self-reflexive Bitter Moon, the controlling male narrative of sexual domination is shown to be broken by a lesbian act outside the camera's normalizing gaze.
, after all, was an invention of the mass media that never quite caught on in the theatre - and only blipped into being for a moment anyway.