I have always had a rather unhealthy obsession with TV lesbian couples. And by unhealthy I mean when I get addicted to a particular lesbian couple on a show, even though they are not major characters, I would watch and re-watch clips that only feature my
lesbian favorite couple. I would frequent fan sites that are created for that couple, read all the fanfiction and even download music that is used during their scenes and is associated with them.
And, judging from the gazillion fan sites and Youtube channels dedicated to specific TV lesbian couples, I am not the only one. By no means am I suggesting that lesbians are the only people who will be obsessed with certain fictional characters on a TV show or movie or even in literature. After all, ever since the dawn of entertainment and culture, there have always been people who have a hard time separating reality from fiction (hello stalkers!).
But I’d like to think there is something more to my obsession with lesbian couples on television. The most obvious reason being that “good” fictional lesbian couples are a rarity on TV, especially mainstream TV. Let’s face it. More often than not lesbian/bisexual characters are merely used as pawns and stunts in the Nielsen ratings battle between different networks. Some female characters that have been portrayed as straight will suddenly have a lesbian fling and/or experiment in same-sex smooches during sweeps months, hence the term “sweeps lesbianism“. It is hard to find a TV lesbian couple with a well-developed, realistic and romantic storyline from them meeting for the first time, dealing/struggling with their feelings for one another to falling in love without catering to sensationalism.
What about The L Word, you may ask, that was a show dedicated ENTIRELY to queer women? Continue reading