Lesbians, Femininity and the Body
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This paper discusses how Lesbians are portrayed in theater, film and television with regard to common stereotypes about their appearance. The paper further analyzes the clothing, body types and behavior of Lesbian characters in several plays and shows. The tone of the paper is critical of these generalized views of homosexual women, contending that portrayals of Lesbians is in control of the the heterosexual community. Also discussed in the paper is how these portrayals affect the gay woman's image of her own body. The author concludes by stating that through television, film, and of course the stage, gay women receive a myriad of messages about what lesbians are supposed to look like.
From the Paper:"For women like Lisa Kron, feminine imagery onstage created issues regarding what it was acceptable for women to look like. Attempting to become an actress, she found that female roles were created solely for women who fit a "heterosexual" look. In her essay, "A Straight Line," she recalls when she was presented with the justification for not being cast in larger roles. "The head of the theatre department said...., 'You just don't convey sexuality onstage.' I was told I was a character actress; which I later decided was really a code word for 'lesbian' (Kron 52). In Kron's experience, lead roles were given to straight girls and more butch or simply alternative looking women played mothers or funny, overweight neighbors. The lesbian aesthetic did not represent a marketable idea of beauty or of what normal women, the kind of women that playwrights wrote characters for, looked like."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bornstein, Kate, and Barbara Carrellas. "Queer Theatre, Musicals to Masturbation: A Conversation with Too Tall Blondes." Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theatre. Ed. Bernstein, Robin. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2006. 103-111.
- But I'm A Cheerleader. Dir. Jamie Babbit. Perf. Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, Cathy Moriarty, and RuPaul Charles. Lions Gate Films, 1999.
- Coven, Bree. "There's a Place for Us... Somewhere." Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theatre. Ed. Bernstein, Robin. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2006. 140-149.
- Freeman, Sandra. Putting Your Daughters on the Stage: Lesbian Theatre from the 1970s to the 1990s. London: Cassell, 1997.
- Kron, Lisa. "A Straight Line." Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theatre. Ed. Bernstein, Robin. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2006. 51-55.
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