As a lesbian woman it is increasingly frustrating to find a lesbian movie that is a movie featuring the lesbian lifestyle or one which features lesbians as it’s main theme.
It’s a Friday evening and you are planning a quiet night in with your partner. A good dinner and a movie reflecting your lifestyle is not too high an aspiration or at least it should not be.
But a visit to your local video rental or a quick search on the internet for lesbian movies unfortunately turns up a whole different type of movie. Not Movies for lesbians or movies about movies but adult material. Not exactly the plan
So why has the term lesbian movie become almost synonymous with the adult movie industry? Surely a lesbian movie is a movie about lesbian women and our lifestyle just like an Indian movie is about Indians and their lifestyle.
The problem actually may be partially contributed to by the gaping lack of good movies for lesbians in circulation. If you are lucky enough to visit a site that does list real lesbian movies i.e movies about the lesbian lifestyle, otherwise called ‘lesbian interest’ movies; you will find a short list of the same movies repeated over and over again.
This is not a reflection of how good these movies are, in fact the majority of the ones I have seen are low budget fare. No it is because that is all that is available in that market
It makes you wonder. If the 10% statistic is true and that means 10% of all women are lesbian; why is our lifestyle not more visible in the movie industry? Are there no lesbian movie makers or writers. Of course not. We are all too aware of the presence of lesbians in the performing arts.
Is there a lack of interest in these movies among the lesbian community. Again, I think not. The amount of discussions in the lesbian forums whenever a lesbian movie is released is just stupendous.
Or even when a character in a tv show has a minor lesbian encounter that is obliquely alluded to. The forums are buzzing, the blogs updated and lesbians everywhere rush to the tv show in a hope for more. And like a dangled carrot, the lesbian story is killed and there is a return to waiting for the next lesbian subplot in any show or film. No there definitely is a great market for lesbian interest movies.
So while we wait and hope to watch, I suppose it’s back to that lesbian flick that actually never mentions the term lesbian, ‘but it is a lesbian movie, really!’ for the 20th time. Or is it the 21st time?