|Terri Polo & Sherri Saum as lesbian moms in The Fosters|
"Of course!" I said reflexively...but then could only list one woman, Jordana Brewster from the film D.E.B.S. After that, I could only think of rougeish and/or prettyboy male actors. Natalie also could not name any female celebrity crushes and we agreed was a sad state of affairs when avowed lesbians like us couldn't think of any celebrity women that were really crush-worthy.
The problem for us, and no doubt many many other queer women, is that we like butchy-ish beautiful women. But to Hollywood filmmakers and TV producers, this group of women does not really exist. When lesbians or bisexual women are portrayed, they must be traditionally feminine with long hair, tight clothes, hourglass figures and make-up.
|Anna Silk and Zoie Palmer in a scene from Lost Girl|
|Heather Morris & Naya Rivera on Glee|
|The central cast of The L Word|
|Adepero Oduye as Alike in the film|
Photographer Meg Allen's recent portrait project shows us starkly what we are missing by excluding butch women from mass media. Her photos profiling butches in the Bay Area show us confident, quirky and sexy butch women. As Meg Allen writes on her website, there are costs for these women being themselves:
"These portraits are of butches who are used to being heckled for the way they look; they are used to the lack of acceptance and disapproving gazes from everyday onlookers; they are used to hiding themselves and avoiding too much attention-- attention that has sometimes warranted violence. But it’s 2014. I am proud of who I am and who they are. It’s time we are given room to look the way we look. We aren’t dangerous. We don’t want to rip down the fabric of the natural world. We just want to be the way we are."
|Meg Allen's portrait of Keiko, http://megallenstudio.com/#/butch/|
Vive la butch!