We can test this contention

Fake lesbians on film: will audiences only watch women if they’re in bed together?

We have a genre of film making which is rather more ruthlessly capitalist even than Hollywood. Most of the actors in it are not lesbians although there’s often enough some faking of it. Lesbian porn is popular among the viewers, yes.

People have been known to watch Anne Hathaway keep her clothes on – to remark on those pointy elbows – so the only is not true. But fewer might be supported.

9 comments on “We can test this contention

  1. People have been known to watch Anne Hathaway keep her clothes on – to remark on those pointy elbows – so the only is not true. But fewer might be supported.

    Fine bit of writing, Tim.

  2. Watching lesbian love scenes always makes me wonder what kind of flooring I’d like in the kitchen. I’m considering tongue-and-groove.

  3. the old dennis pennis question “if it was necessary for the narrative and tastefully done would you consider keeping your clothes on for a film?”

    well that’s the interesting question, whether steamy scenes added to films of yore are still necessary anymore?. You’d have thought anything added pretty much has to be for the narrative and tastefully done just because theres always something steamier in your pocket. On the other hand might be safer to assume we’re always going to like things more with flesh in it than not.
    I’m not sure about this Anning film thing, it is potentially a great story and like to have a go in Dorset myself. I would absolutely breathe a sigh of relief if they just had a clunky sex scene shoved in with another woman with almost no bearing on the plot. Its the long drawn out angst driven dramas of shame and secrecy that would induce the yawns.

  4. Hallowed Be,

    “well that’s the interesting question, whether steamy scenes added to films of yore are still necessary anymore?. You’d have thought anything added pretty much has to be for the narrative and tastefully done just because theres always something steamier in your pocket.”

    Just look at how few films like Basic Instinct or Disclosure get made today. It’s a genre that’s disappeared. And shots like Halle Berry giving some fanservice in Swordfish seem to have disappeared. You still get actresses like Julianne Moore who seems to insist on a nude scene, but the one in The Kids Are Alright just felt like she wanted to do the scene right, rather than the ridiculous “woman fucking a man while still wearing a bra”.

  5. Seen on ‘The Conservative Woman’ by Author Uusikaupunki :

    A male friend at an interview for a job in a “right-on” PC company, (consisting of mostly female management) was asked the question : “How do you view lesbian relationships?”
    It seems that “Usually In full HD” was not the answer they wanted to hear….

  6. BonM4- agreed. So this house believes that ubiquitous porn improves the standard of hollywood films from a feminist perspective.

  7. After the success of Colette, Lizzie and The Favourite, a new film about fossil-hunter Mary Anning has grafted on an imaginary lesbian love affair. But why?

    Because trying to get someone to part with $15 and 2 hours to watch a woman digging rocks out of dirt might be a dicey proposition.

    I understand that lefties have a higher threshold of boredom than the rest of us (you’d have to to plow through Marx and The Socialist Worker), but this rises to a new level of dense in The Guardian.

  8. “I understand that lefties have a higher threshold of boredom than the rest of us (you’d have to to plow through Marx and The Socialist Worker), but this rises to a new level of dense in The Guardian.”

    Not even lefties go and see this sort of stuff at the cinema. They all want it subsidised, but put it on at the local multiplex and none of the local Guardian readers go. They like to say they love Ken Loach more than paying to see Ken Loach.

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