Well, this a combo intro-post and request for discussion/opinions.
So, firstly: hello all. I'm Megan, pansexual, from New Zealand. **waves**
Secondly: (and I hope this is the right place for this). So, I was listening to the radio the other day, when an ad for a competition being run by the station comes on. It emerges that they're running "Lady Lip Lock" in which females are being encouraged to send in pictures of themselves kissing their (female) friends. These photos are then to be posted on the radio station's website, where they can be voted on according to which is 'hottest' and the winning pair will each get a cash prize. After a few weeks of this, they plan to repost all the most popular photos and the one with the most votes will win $1000 for charity. The phrasing in the ads makes it fairly clear that they expect only platonic friends to send in pictures, and that the voting is expected to come mainly from straight men.
Now, my gut reaction to this is that it's kind of exploitive. It's pandering to the 'OMG LESBIANS R HAWWT!!" mentality, which leads to me and my girlfriend having to deal with requests for threesomes from men we barely know. Also, and I could be reading far to much into this, it seems to have hints of the idea that women should perform for men, in this case to win money, and it also ( I feel) devalues lesbian relationships as being purely for entertainment purposes, rather than, y’know because we actually are attracted to each other.
Now, just to make it absolutely clear: I have no problem with anyone kissing anyone. Straight, curious, bi-curious, whatever, girls kissing doesn’t bother me in the slightest, if it makes them happy, hey, go for it. What is bothering me is the message being put across by this competition.
So, am I over-reacting? To be honest I feel kind of disappointed in the radio station, because they always seemed fairly queer-friendly. Is this worth getting upset about, and possibly writing letters of complaint over (not that I expect them to pay much attention, but it’s the thought that counts)? Or should I just avoid paying attention to the ads, and ignore it?