Guest Post: Straight Girl on Girl: How Fetishizing Woman on Woman for Men Objectifies Women & Trivializes Lesbians
Written by Seren Pendleton-Knoll. Originally published at Bright Light Thinking. Re-printed with permission.
A few days ago, NBC’s show “Community” posted a picture on their Facebook fanpage of their two female leads being featured in GQ. An incredibly sexy photo, it features the girls engaging in S&M like activity while clad in lingerie. Within hours of it being posted it received thousands of “likes”, and over 800 comments. Most of these comments were from men using some of the most demeaning and sexualized language I have seen on Facebook.
What originally affronted me was not the picture itself, as I take no issue with women being sexy, but rather that the show they are on, a relatively PG show, was posting it on a public page. Fortunately, “Community” took down the photo after a few comments from individuals (including myself) on the inappropriate manner of the posting.*
However, as soon as I read the accompanying article in GQ to the photograph, my mild disapproval skyrocketed to monumental disgust. The title and tagline of the “article” for your collective gasp:
“Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs Did This Lesbian Scene for Us And all we had to do was ask nicely. The hilarious and hilariously gorgeous girls of “Community” are such good sports, aren’t they?”
Are you kidding me?!?!