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Seraphim Lazarev
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Bette And Tina Sex Scene

In the cutest scene I have ever seen in my entire life, Bette approaches Tina at the gallery opening and they reenact their first ever meeting. For readers who have not seen the original L Word multiple times, this is when Tina loses her earring and Bette pulls it out of her hair. Although Bette sees Tina put it back in, Tina sneakily left the earring at the gallery so that she had an excuse to come back later. This time, Tina goes in for a kiss right away and the two make out at the gallery. They are so cute and in love! I am ready for this time to be different!

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Pippa has a lot on her side right now: the person with the most power to change her career is conveniently deeply infatuated with her AND her work. I do get a little anxious with the promises Bette is making Pippa in this scene. What is Bette vowing to protect Pippa from, exactly? Is she making promises she can keep?

As Ryan says, there are tons of Bette and Tina ride-or-die fans out there, but there are also many people within the fandom that have voiced how unhealthy the relationship has been at times. From several affairs to a kidnapping to the death of a good friend (ugh, Jenny), these women have really been through it all. Ryan wanted to honor both the diehard Tibette fans, while also recognizing that something within the relationship needed to change in order for them to come back together.

i love ur comment its too late i already did and yes i totally believe they are in love with each other in real life and having an affair behind their partners backs as they are too scared and frightened to come out the closet i am not holding an hope though that bette and tina will get back together though in the show it will air in the summer and im cautious to whether a lot of wincing and throwing things at the tv will help lol

Lesbian existence is reified through The L Word's realistic portrayal of sex. Never before have we seen women on mainstream TV or Hollywood film so free with sexuality. Sex scenes in mainstream television and film have been focused on men and are more about male pleasure than female. Claire Colebrook talks about the queer body as being subjective while the straight body is objective, because of its ability to be productive (228). Lesbians are used objectively, for male pleasure, in pop-culture and are most often left sexless. Ideologies of sex have been heterosexualized and centered around the penis. Though it is possible to have sex without a vagina, mainstream society does not allow sex to exist minus the phallus. The phallus is sex. Traditionally, men have been allowed to have intercourse freely and however they want, while women are only allowed sex for reproductive purposes. Thus, The L Word begins to push away the subjectivity of the queer body, taking sex from males and giving it to females. The women of The L Word control their sex lives; they are allowed to find pleasure in sex. They are no longer objects of pleasure for men, holes to be drilled. They are active participants, making decisions about what they want sexually. The L Word has shown trips to sex shops, use of sex toys, bondage and dominance, and vampire lesbian sex, as well as discussions of private parts. Similar to Sex in The City, The L Word allows for sexual freedom (exploring sex and sexuality).18

Though the relationships are complex and mostly realistic, and sex is expressed freely, there are still many problems with these storylines. The sex scenes are generally not romantic or sensual. That is, there is little, if any, foreplay involved and the scenes are quick and to the point. This is okay for characters like Shane or Papi, who do not, for the most part, do relationships, but it is unrealistic for this lack of sensuality to persist throughout the relationships of other characters. However, there are rare exceptions to these rushed sex scenes. One departure from this lack of romance was in episode 206. Tina attends a party for the Peabody Foundation and Helena sneaks out and calls Tina on her cell. Prior to this, the two have flirted and gone out socially. They each are sitting and talking, and though Tina's shirt is off pretty quickly, there is some touching, caressing, and kissing before they jump into the sex. Shane also has a moment of romance when she begins a new relationship with Carmen, much to her own surprise. It is understandable that the time limitations on an hour show does not allow for deep, meaningful sex scenes, but it is possible to still make a scene sensual without taking much time.

This lack of romance and foreplay could inadvertently support the only sexual image of lesbians, lesbians as predatory. Possibly as a result of the lack of sensuality in its sex scenes, the series has been criticized for representing lesbians as such, but also as "sex-obsessed" (Thompson). This has also been used as evidence to support an argument that Chaiken is trying to appeal to a male audience. In defense against the argument that The L Word is oversexed, it must be noted that heterosexual television, or film, show just as much sex (as does QAF) but have not been criticized for trying to pull in a certain audience.19 So why is The L Word accused of catering to straight men? Perhaps it is the feminine characters and the way the show has been increasingly sexual since the first season. Regardless of this controversy over sex, these "sex-obsessed" scenes are part of the realism of the storylines, or perhaps the characters themselves. Characters like Shane and Papi, who enjoy sex without the complication of relationships, are often seen in mainstream television. This is a realistic character or role, but one which we are not use to seeing played by a woman, except in porn.

Several other characters disappear without much explanation. In another episode, Kit is hosting a drag show at a club where she works. At the end of the show, she approaches one of the drag kings, Ivan (supporting characters), and complements him20 on his performance. From here their relationship develops. Bette jokes that Ivan is Kit's husband, foreshadowing a possible relationship between the two. When the first season ends, the viewer is left to think (hope) that Ivan will become a fixture and in the second season, the relationship develops further. In one romantic scene between the two, he repairs Kit's car and gives her a key to his apartment. But, the first time Kit uses the key, she encounters a partially naked Ivan who has not yet finished his transformation into a man. He is upset by this and there is no further interaction between the two, except to finalize Kit's purchase of Marina's former coffee shop. Ivan had agreed to become her financial partner and does not back out on this deal. His swift departure is hard to believe, especially since he cared so much for Kit. Ivan later rejoins the show in episode 209, but was cast out in the same episode by Kit, when she found out that Ivan was in a long-term relationship with a "straight" woman, another strange and unrealistic departure.

Unfortunately, identity is not the only subject relegated to a backdrop. Many social issues are also pushed under the rug without much serious exploration. In one of the last scenes of the first season, Bette comes home to find Tina upset. Tina saw Bette having a moment with her carpenter, Candace, at the art show opening, and realizes that Bette has cheated on her. She yells at Bette. What follows is a violent scene with Tina as the victim of domestic violence and rape.21 Tina eventually gives in to her aggressor, but right before the credits roll, we find Tina in Alice's apartment where she uses Alice's web of relationships,22 to tell her that Bette cheated on her. The entire scene between Bette and Tina was uncomfortable to watch, but is most problematic in that it is never addressed in the second season, nor in Tina's conversation with Alice. The two, of course, break up, and almost everyone is angry with Bette, but the violence of the situation is overlooked and the two eventually get back together. Domestic violence is a serious problem in queer and straight relationships and The L Word does well to present it as a storyline, but to both not acknowledge it as such and ignore the complexity and magnitude of the situation demeans society's concern over violence and rape.

We see the same inattention with the issues of suicide and substance abuse. While several characters attempt to kill themselves, suicide as an epidemic, especially in the queer community, lacks any exploration between the characters. Marina's suicide is merely mentioned to explain her departure from the first season. No one talks about cutting (see footnote 17 for explanation) or Jenny's suicide attempt at the end of season 2. And Shane's drug-induced haze in the beginning of season 4 is introduced by her floating, most likely unconscious, in the ocean; this scene could certainly be interpreted as a form of attempted suicide. At the very least, substance abuse is a problem here and also seems to only appear when needed for a storyline. Shane's drug problem is mentioned once before in season 1 and she seems to be able to stop cold turkey in both cases. Kit's alcoholism is simply discussed when her life is problematic and she attends AA meetings only when another character is involved. Otherwise, it is not seen as a problem. The issue of substance abuse is rarely discussed amongst the other characters. The problem just seems to vanish and the characters move on.

Thankfully, as cinematography has evolved, so has mainstream media's portrayal of intimacy across the spectrum of sexuality. Here for it? Yes, I am. My hope is that these graphic, raw sex scenes will help those still exploring their identities to understand their sexualities are completely normal, no matter who they prefer. 350c69d7ab


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