Lesbians Invisible?

WOMEN'S ISSUES - by G.L. Horton (06/07/03)

CG asks: Do you really think that lesbians have been invisible in the culture for thousands of years because we are too lazy/ ignorant/ disinterested /uninteresting/ untalented to be produced???

Do you distinguish between art that has overtly lesbian subject matter and art by lesbian artists? It's my totally unsupported impression (there are no statistics) that in any art form that women are permitted to practice, the proportion of successful lesbian practitioners is considerably higher than the lesbian percentage of the population at large would predict.

This is quite apart from the possibly apocryphal modern phenomenon of some theatre or other welcoming work by a lesbian playwright of color because that way 3 "minority" slots can be filled by a single production!

Somewhat off the original topic, but related: CG, have you heard any word of disparagement applied to Mamet's "lesbian" comedy, "Boston Marriage"? All the reviews I've read were by male critics, who praised it, if faintly. The run here in Boston was sold out, and the audience I saw it with not only laughed, but returned after 2 intermissions. My female companions fled, but I returned-- mainly to try to figure out what all those other people were laughing at. I haven't yet sorted out my reactions into a review, but my impression was authorial contempt all round: of subject, period, "wit", actresses, and audience. Much like the early "A Life in the Theatre".


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