Lesbian Mothers are in Glamour

An array of February issues are beginning to hit the newsstands and love is most definitely in the air down in the ‘editorial well’ of many women’s publications.

To celebrate all things Valentine’s Glamour Magazine has a piece entitled ‘Secrets of Happy Couples’ where 6 partnerships give their formula for a real-life happy ever after. What is striking about this piece is that Glamour has clearly been thinking outside the heteronormative box; they chose to represent a lesbian partnership within their collection of couples. Not only that, but a lesbian partnership raising a family!

If you can’t read the text, scanned above, here’s an insight;

Cat – We wore traditional white wedding dresses. Now we have three sons. Jen carried my embryo for number three, and I’m pregnant with number four, hers!

Jennifer – But, really, we’re an ordinary couple.

Cat – It’s true. We’re so blessed to have been able to create our own destiny.

For me, this is a cause for a little ‘Yippee!’; coverage of same-sex attraction and lesbian relationships in some women’s mags usually only goes as far as questions from confused individuals on Agony Aunt pages or tips on how to do some Katy Perry style experimenting. As David Gauntlett says, in his chapter on Women’s Magazine’s and Identities, in Media, Gender and Identity (2005 ed);

It is regrettable that lesbian sexuality is not routinely included within the magazines’ celebration of sexuality – which could cause misery and psychological trauma to young women trying to come to terms with their excluded desires.

So, well done Glamour on making this small step to show readers that all forms of female romantic (mustn’t forget the romance, we are coming up to Valentines after all!) and sexual expression are valid.

An Aside

The title for this blog post is a little nod to an old tutor of mine, who worked as an artist creating billboard interventions under the name Saatchi and Someone in the early 1990’s. His first intervention was changing a United Colours of Benetton poster so that its ‘logo’ read Lesbian Mothers are Everywhere. This piece of ’subvertising’ coincided with the Conservative government’s introduction of Clause 28, an infamous legislation which outlawed the presentation of gay relationships within UK schools.

More to read;

A piece in The Independent today about Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s pledges for furthering gay rights.

By: Sarah Barnes, 13.01.2010 | Comments (0)
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