Response to Lesbians: ignored by mainstream female culture?
Louise queries Ailsa's rant on how mainstream magazines ignore lesbians, and below, Ailsa responds.
I understand why you jumped to the conclusion you did regarding what you deem to be a “biphobic” respone. But: I would like to say that I was aiming to portray the MAGAZINES’ views at that precise point. THEY portray lesbianism as on the bisexual scale as this is the ONLY way these magazines can deal with women who aren’t revolving their world round a man.
MAGAZINES say lesbianism is worth trying if men are getting you down! I believe that YES, the magazines are, “dismissive, derogatory, and disheartening.” I agree that bisexuals are SO MUCH MORE than women who have been let down by men. I also agree that bisexuality is not lower on the scale than anything – there is no damn scale in real life!
However, as I was misinterpreted (understandably) I think it is fair to say that I didn’t undermine my own argument. I support ALL diversity in women’s magazines.
My final point would be to recognise and accept all sexuality view points. BUT my argument was founded on the sexual aspect and surely due to the nature of bisexuality – BISEXUALS ARE NOT COMPLETELY EXCLUDED from all the sex articles in women’s magazines but lesbians are! As far as I am aware bisexuals do like sex with men (The holy grail of women’s magazines) and therefore some aspects of their personal and sexual life IS catered for in women’s magazines.
If lesbianism was added into these surveys and pop. psychology studies then surely bisexuals would also going as the duality of bisexualism would be wholly represented!