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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?

Thoughts? Comments?
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Date:June 5th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
People will do just about anything for money, or to be on TV.
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Date:June 5th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say write 'em a letter. Whether it changes their actions or not, they should know that there are people against what they're doing.

The hot-lesbian-action thing I'm afriad will probably be with us forever, "spicing up" movies and inspiring such contests.
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Date:June 5th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
From the perspective of a woman seeing other women exploited, I wouldn't be too angry, plenty of the same requests to perform are being geared towards males (gay straight bi etc.) by female friends.

However, as someone in a lesbian relationship who feels your relationship is being cheapened by this contest, I think it's fine to be annoyed.
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Date:June 5th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh, which station is it? I always thought NZ was classier than that, but perhaps not. My guess is Hauraki or The Rock? (see, I listen to Solid Gold, I'm cool like that)
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Date:June 5th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
It's ZM. I usually listen to CDs, but in the car we have ZM playing as a compromise between music tastes.
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Date:July 18th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
"devalues lesbian relationships as being purely for entertainment purposes"
I %100 agree with that... However, being a straight girl who's quite into watching movies that center around a couple of hot guys getting together (ie:Velvet Goldmine) I think I may be just as bad the hetero guys. The whole contest is exploitative but I've always considered radio to be quite classless. (Not classless like a classless society.. I guess I should have just said 'without class') As far as what to do... that's up to you. I for one would just start a contest for guys. (You said they seemed 'queer friendly' before) Though a stern letter couldn't hurt.
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