Thursday, January 28, 2010

Awesome new German lesbian web series: Emma Stahl

Just in case you've missed it, new German web series Emma Stahl launched the teaser of their web series this Wednesday. What's it all about? Well, it's a web series, with lesbians and lesbian action, it's about a bad ass Special Agent and it's German. The latter is very important, because Germans are very good at producing quality crime shows.

This web series is no exception. Just a few minutes was all it took to get me hooked: crime, suspense, hot lesbian action. What more could you ask for? Watch the teaser below and judge for yourself.

Pretty cool huh? Will you be watching the web series or do you need a little more to be convinced it's awesome?

If you want to find out more about the show check out the Emma Stahl website.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Studying LesBians: LesBians and cancer screening

Studying LesBians is a monthly column that discusses current and not so current research about lesbians and bisexual women. This month I want to discuss research on lesBians and cancer screening.

Researchers have looked at the lives of lesbians and bisexual women from many different perspectives. Often this is from a sociological perspective, or a more psychological one.

A whole other area of research that's being conducted revolves around the physical health of queer women, which is going to be my focus of this column this month. In particular, I want to discuss findings involving cancer.

A researcher who has done a lot of research into the link between lesBians and cancer, or more specifically the risks for queer women and how they are treated within the healthcare environment is Dr. Julie Fish from De Montfort University.

Obviously, there is no such thing as a link between being gay and getting cancer, but her research has shown there are many ways in which queer women are indirectly at an increased risk of getting certain kinds of cancer.

For example, last week a report of one of Fish's studies was published in which she showed lesBians have an increased risk of getting cervical cancer.

Why? Because the the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is the virus present in almost all cervical cancer cases, is thought of as only being transmitted through heterosexual sexual conduct. However, Fish found out that the virus can just as easily be transmitted between two women who exchange bodily fluids.

The report also highlights that very often health practitioners only think to ask about male-female intercourse questions or about contraceptive use and don't make room for the possibility of lesbian relationships and their consequences.

More worrying are reports that some practitioners even tell their lesBian patients there's no need for them to go for cervical cancer screening, which of course isn't the case at all.

There's other studies that have shown how few lesbians actually get regular check ups for things like cervical cancer, which even made Stonewall launch a campaign about it recently. Find out more about cervical cancer (screening) here.

Stonewall campaign

Fish has also looked into the situation of lesBians with other forms of cancer, like breast cancer (screening), which we told you about a while back. She's currently looking into the way lesbians and bisexual women diagnosed with breast cancer deal with their coming out about this fact.

In 2007 Dr. Julie Fish was responsible for the UK Lesbians and Health care survey, which looked into lesbian and bisexual women's experiences with screenings for cervical and breast cancer, emphasizing the points already mentioned in this article: LesBians don't get screened enough and when they do, their experiences are often negative because of lack of understanding for their situation. 

Even though Fish's research focuses on the UK, it is safe to say the situation is probably similar in other European countries and around the world, if not worse. A quick look around showed that similar problems have been found in Israel, United States, South Africa, and the Netherlands.

If you are interested in the topic and want to find out more, Fish also wrote a great book in 2006 entitled Heterosexism in health and social care, which you might want to check out.

What are your experiences with health practitioners and cancer screening in particular? And what's your opinion about these research findings? Are there any other research topics would you like to see discussed in future columns? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

This post was first published on eurout.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Stonewall educates schools the cool way

Stonewall is sending all UK secondary schools a free anti-homophobia DVD. It's a full feature movie called FIT. What's so great about this, is that the DVD is actually cool.

At least, from the look of these trailers, it's done in a way that teens can relate to. You know, it looks good, like it wasn't made for little money and it looks a little like Skins meets Glee. Sort of.

Watch the trailers here and make up your own mind. Pretty cool huh?



Monday, January 18, 2010

Change is good (?)

I've never been a big fan of change. I'm not as bad as Dr. House, but I do usually prefer for things to stay just the way they are, especially if they aren't too bad or in direct need of changing.

At least, I used to think change was a bad thing. Or put differently, I always thought there was no need for disruption of one's life, and I frequently could be heard saying, "Why can't things just stay the way they are?"

It's all good and well to think of yourself as someone who doesn't like change, but you have to ask yourself at what point do you have to re-assess this?

What am I talking about? Well, in a sense, my life has changed quite drastically over the last 6 months, and yet, it hasn't really changed that much at all.

After having been single for a long, long (!) time, and almost having forgotten what it's like to be in love, I finally met someone again.

I met the most amazing girl ever. She's turned my life upside down, made it bigger, better, brighter. Every single day I wake up happy, knowing there's this wonderful person in my life that makes me feel…

So many things. She makes me feel like I can do anything. When she's around I feel happy, loved, safe….she makes me feel complete.

Even though technically my life hasn't changed that much, in many ways, having her in it has changed everything. For the better.

So maybe it's time I started to admit that sometimes change is really really good…

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lists Are Hot: 10 European Out Sports women

This month Lists are hot–our column for those who love lists–is about sports. As regular readers know, I know very little about sports. In fact, I hardly watch or play sports (does the Wii count?).

However, I do like looking at fit women, so the sports world is a good place to look. Besides being hotties, athletes tend to be rather determined and it takes some guts to compete at such a high level. In addition, deciding to come out in a rather closeted environment speaks of character as well.

I've selected for you 10 European out sports women who I think deserve your attention. In order to not make it all about handball or soccer, I selected only one woman per sport. This didn't make my choices any easier, but at least it makes for a more diverse selection.

10. Vibeke Skofterud – cross country skier (Norway)

My first pick is one of two Norwegian ladies who's made the list, cross country skier Vibeke Skofterud. Skofterud has been skiing professionally for a number of years now, and has taken part in every kind of national and international competition, including the Winter Olympics. Recently, she qualified to take part in the upcoming Winter Olympics as well.

9. Steffi Nerius – javelin thrower (Germany)

steffinerius

Speaking of the Olympics, the second sports woman on this list is no stranger to the event either. German javelin thrower Steffi Nerius took part and won in the Olympics four times, as well as many other World Championships. Her latest victory being first place in the World Championship of 2009 which took place in Berlin.

8. Carole Thate – field hockey player (the Netherlands)

Field hockey is one of those sports that many lesbians seem to like a lot. I am not sure why that is, does it have anything to do with the cute little skirts that they wear? Anyway, one of the most well known lesbian hockey players is probably Carole Thate, who played an impressive 138 international matches for the Netherlands before retiring in the early 2000's. 

7. Michele Aboro – boxer (UK)

British boxer Michele Aboro has quite an impressive resume, including being one of the few boxers who's played 21 championship matches and has never been defeated. Although she's never technically retired, she stopped playing a few years ago when she ran out of boxers who were willing to play against her. If you want to find out more about her and get an inside into women's boxing, check out the great documentary A Knock Out.

6. Judith Arndt – cyclist (Germany)

A sports woman who is retired, is German cyclist Judith Arndt. Arndt had a very successful cycling career from the mid nineties until a few years ago, which included taking part in several World cups, the Olympics, as well as the World road race championship. Since 1996 she's been in a relationship with fellow cyclist Petra Rossner.

5. Imke Duplitzer – fencer (Germany)

A sport that's always fascinated me is fencing, although I am not quite sure why. Even with this sport we can find some out ladies. The woman I want to focus on is German fencer Imke Duplitzer, who's won quite a number of championships over the years, including the Olympics, in which she took part an impressive four times.

4. Irene Wüst – ice skater (the Netherlands)

Dutch ice skater Irene Wüst only recently came out. She did so in quite a low key matter, by mentioning to a Dutch magazine she had a girlfriend and was very happy. Wüst is quite a successful ice skater, winning prices all over. She also qualified to take part in the upcoming Winter Olympics for the 1500 meters.

3. Gro Hammerseng – handball player (Norway)

A list of European out sports women wouldn't be complete without the most well-known lesbian handball player around, Gro Hammerseng. The Norwegian athlete has been in the (lesBian) news for years now, both for her handball achievements, as well as her relationship with fellow teammate Katja Nyberg.

After years of playing successfully for both local and national handball teams, last year saw Hammerseng recovering from injuries (her knees in particular) and taking it (relatively) easy. She turned down playing at the Handball World cup in China to be able to be fit enough again to play for her own team FC Midtjylland.

2. Jessica Landström – soccer player (Sweden)

Besides handball, the one other sport that seems to attract a lot of lesbians is soccer. The reason we know of out players in many different countries probably has more to do with the prevalence of lesbians in that sport than with tolerance. One of those out soccer players is Swedish national team player Jessica Landström.

At 25, Landström is on her way to become a very successful soccer player. After winning several awards and playing important matches, she could be seen playing for Sweden during the Women's Soccer Euro 2009 last summer. Recently, Landström traded in her Swedish team to play alongside other out player (and hottie) Natasha Kai for the New Jersey soccer team Sky Blue FC.

1. Amelie Mauresmo – tennis player (France)

I'm sure no one is surprised to find out I put French tennis hottie Amelie Mauresmo at the top of the list. She might recently have announced her retirement, she still is the number one tennis player in my book. In fact, she's the only reason I watched any of this summer's Wimbledon at all. I have talked about how much I like Mauresmo ever since my first We Are Everywhere column where I noticed her pretty orange outfit.

And what's not to like? Even if you are unmoved by her hotness, you can't deny she's one hell of a tennis player, as well as a lovely woman. As far as representing us in the tennis world, I don't know anyone else who'd do a better job than Mauresmo did. Although I'd love for some more tennis ladies to step out of the closet and give it a try.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the sports women I selected? Are there important European out sports women missing from the list? Let us know in the comments. Also, please let me know if I made any mistakes regarding the sports info and feel free to leave suggestions for future Lists are Hot columns.

Read previous columns here.

This post was first published on eurout.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Lists are Hot: 10 European LesBian TV couples

It's been a while, but Lists are Hot -eurOut's column for all those who love lists, whether it's making them or just reading them – is back. This time my column is all about European LesBian TV couples.

Even though we might complain a lot about lesBian visibility on television, we cannot ignore the fact that over the past year we have seen quite a number of girl-girl couples on TV shows across Europe. Granted, some countries do a better job than others.

In a perfect world, every European country would show an abundance of lesBian couples on television the way Spain has done (we'll just ignore the fact that they are also very good at making these storylines end). Perhaps things will improve in 2010.

Still, I did manage to make a selection of 10 lesBian couples that could be seen on your European TV screen. This list is in order, starting with number 10 and working our way down to number 1, but the selection is totally random (in other words, based on my own personal preference).

10. Sarah and Lydia on Hollyoaks (UK)

At number 10 we find a lesBian couple I never really liked much. There is so much wrong with this couple and their storyline, I do not even know where to start. I think my main problem with Sarah and Lydia on Hollyoaks is that they had absolutely no chemistry. Their whole supposed love affair seemed contrived and I could never quite get into it.

If that wasn't bad enough, the writers decided to end the storyline by having them break up; Lydia then turned into a psycho stalking ex-girlfriend who ended up killing Sarah by sabotaging her parachute. Does it surprise you when I tell you Sarah isn't the only TV lesBian on this list that ended up dead?

9. Marina and Esther on Terapia d'Urgenza (Italy)

Next we go to Italy where we find Marina and Esther on hospital drama Terapia d'Urgenza. As you may recall, Terapia d'Urgenza is like the Italian version of the Spanish show Hospital Central (more about that one later). Or as I usually think of it, the watered down more boring version.

No offense to anyone who's really into this show and the storyline, but whereas the relationship between the two women in Spain has evolved and shows a lesbian relationship in all its forms, on Terapia d'Urgenza they seem to be stuck in tired and old relationship and coming out problems. When the ladies finally got to share a kiss on screen last year, it was a huge deal in Italy.

8. Eva and Monkie on Van Jonge Leu en Oale Groond (the Netherlands)

the Netherlands' only lesBian TV couple this year could be found on a regional show called Van Jonge Leu en Oale Groond. This soap situated in the East of the Netherlands – complete with regional dialect – actually did a pretty good job of portraying a lesBian relationship. Eva and Monkie fell for each other in Season 3 of the show, but problems like coming out and ex-husbands stood in the way of their happiness.

In the fourth season, the couple only had their problems normal for any soap, but besides that they seemed to be rather happy and very affectionate. Especially the latter is important, because we want lesBian couples portrayed in exactly the same way as straight couples on the same show.

7. Arlet and Dani on Infidels (Spain)

Our first (of many) lesBian couples on Spanish television are Arlet and Dani from Catalonian show Infidels. During the course of this year's debut season, we saw Arlet dumping her boyfriend to start a relationship with a woman. At first there was the usual confusion and drama that always seems to accompany such a transition, but surprisingly fast the two girls were allowed to just be happy and in love.

Of course, they did have some 'set backs', as Arlet's ex-boyfriend ended up dying and Dani got drunk and accidently proposed to Arlet. But all in all they seemed to be relatively stable and happy for most of the season.

6. Kelly and Garance on La Vie est a Nous (France)

I never quite understood most of the storylines on French soap La Vie est a Nous. They did not really make much sense to me, but that didn't really matter because it was all worth it just to get a glimpse of Kelly. I thought Kelly was very pretty and I felt bad for her about her troubled relationships.

It didn't really help matters that the writers ended up resorting to awful tired storylines about wanting babies and looking for sperm. However, when I think about La Vie est a Nous, I always think of how hot Kelly and Garance were together. Don't believe me? Check out the clip I've watched way too often Cooking with Garance.

5. Dani and Sofia on Cuestión de Sexo (Spain)

I really liked Dani and Sofia on Spanish show Cuestión de Sexo, simply because they were so cute together. Also, for a lesBian couple on a soap they had a relatively easy ride. Sure, there was the part where Sofia wasn't sure about her sexuality and if she was ready to come out, especially to her parents, but things all worked out in the end.

Or more accurately, the show got cancelled before they ever had the chance to either look for sperm together or kill each other. But I'd like to think that even if they show had continued, they would've kept showing these girls in a positive light.

4. Maca and Esther on Hospital Central (Spain)

There's more that Spanish television has to offer, as we can see with my next choice. Maca and Esther have been together on Hospital Central for a while now, and even though they have seen more than their fair share of (relationship) problems – crazy stalking exes, coming out issues, memory loss, to name just a few things – they are also one of the few long term couples on television that are portrayed in a rather 'normal' light.

They were shown getting married last year, and it is always emphasized how much of a family they and their kids are. Unfortunately even this storyline is coming to an end, as both actress have announced to leave the show next season.

3. Carla and Stella on Verbotene Liebe (Germany)

A lesBian couple that has already left the show are Carla and Stella on German soap Verbotene Liebe. These two are different from most other lesBian couples on television. Sure, they had their usual problems (work and family getting in the way, figuring out if they were really right for each other), but they didn't go baby crazy and hunt for sperm.

More importantly, they were allowed to leave the show happy and in love. Even though it was sad to see them go, I like the idea of there sometimes being a happily ever after.

2. Emily and Naomi on Skins (UK)

One of the two couples that really stood out for me this year were Emily and Naomi on British teen series Skins. Unlike most teen dramas, Skins did not just let Emily and Naomi experiment, but they allowed for their storyline to blossom into a full blown relationship.

That relationship was full of ups and downs this season– lots of breaking up, insecurity, and crying, but eventually they realised they were in love and wanted to be together. I thought their portrayal of being a teenager in love with a girl for the very first time was very realistic and recognizable. I can't wait to see what will happen with these two in Season 4 which starts airing around February 2010.

1. Pepa and Silvia on Los Hombres de Paco (Spain)

My favourite European Lesbian TV couple of 2009 has to be Pepa and Silvia on Spanish police drama Los Hombres de Paco. This show must be one of the weirdest and craziest TV series I have ever seen, but amidst all the madness the one constant was Pepa and Silvia and their love for one another.

Obviously, they had lots of problems – including breaking up, Pepa cheating on Silvia with some dude, baby wishes and the inevitable interrupting by some guy almost every time they made out. Besides all these things, they were a delight to watch.

I thought they were very hot together (their love scenes are some of the steamiest same-sex scenes I've seen on television) and I found them very convincing as two women deeply in love. It still hurts to think of the gruesome and bloody way the writers decided to kill off Silvia on her wedding day.

Normally I don't mind a bit of drama or gore, but watching Pepa with her hands up in Silvia's stomach, while Silvia spent 45 minutes slowly dying was a bit much, even for me. I only hope that they at least let Pepa mourn the death of her lover for some part of the next season.  

So what do you think? Do you agree with the order in which I placed these couples? Are there lesBian TV couples missing that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments. Also, feel free to leave suggestions for future Lists are Hot columns.

Read previous columns here.

This post was first published on eurOut.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Best and worst of 2009 in European LesBian Entertainment

At the end of the year it's always time for the annual overviews of what took place this year, and here at eurOut we couldn't ignore this tradition.

Especially not me, who loves overviews or any kinds of lists really. Instead of giving you the usual detailed overview of what exactly happened in European lesBian entertainment in 2009, I thought I'd share with you some of the highs and lows instead. After all, that's all we'll really remember anyway, right? So sit back and relax, and I'll tell you what we thought were some of the best and worst events in lesBian entertainment with year.

 

Music

the best

It was quite a good year for music, especially when it comes to out performers from Europe. Comebacks were made by both K's Choice and Skunk Anansie, two bands I used to love the first time around and I am looking forward to see live again in the near future.

eurOut's album of the year is Tea & Sympathy by the wonderful Billie Myers. She a lovely lady and her album is just great. What more can I say about it? You're just going to have to listen to it yourself, if you haven't already.

the worst

There were a number of events in the music world this year that qualified for the worst category. Ley, for example, highlighted as her worst music moment when British band Greymatter were suspended from taking part in the Green Man Festival contest for no apparent reason. Ok, so they said something about 'unfair voting', but they never really gave more of an explanation or backed it up with any proof.

Another sad event that definitely belongs in the worst category is the passing away of Belgian singer and tv presenter Yasmine. Her death really shocked me and had a huge impact on me and many others. She will be sadly missed.

 

Sports

the best

This year quite a few sports women came out of the closet, for which we are always very grateful. Even in 2009 too many women were closeted, especially in the sports world, so it's always nice to see women who have no problem to just be themselves and share this with the world. Some of the ladies who came out this year included Norwegian handball player Anja Edin and Dutch ice skater Irene Wüst.

the worst

Amelie Mauresmo

For me personally, one of the low points in sports this year was Amelie Mauresmo's announcement that she was retiring. She was my only reason to watch tennis – or any sport at all for that matter – and now I will have to find other excuses to keep posting pictures of her on eurOut.

 

the internets

the best

It was a great year for European lesBian web series. The number of current web series increased from none to at least two (and there are many more to come in 2010). British lesBian web series Far Out debuted a few months ago and German web series Emma Stahl is about to have its premiere. Moreover, the first season of Spanish web series Chica Busca Chica was released on DVD.

Far Out

Another thing we loved on the internets this year is how people got together and let their voices be heard. A great example is how queers from many different countries decided to make their own protest video against homophobia using the Fuck you song by Lilly Allen. Enjoy watching and listening to the French version, German version, Hungarian version and the British version.

 

Books and magazines

the best

One book I really enjoyed reading this year was Rianne Witte's Schijn, hoop en liefde, which told a wonderful 'coming out and standing up for who you are and how you want to live your life' story. If you can't read Dutch you're missing out, but in that case I have another favourite for you. Val McDermid's Fever of the bone is a must read for anyone who likes suspense novels.

the worst

Unfortunately, too many queer publications folded this year, mainly due to lack of (advertising) money. Some of the print magazines that will be missed include UK magazine Pink Paper, Austria's magazine FraZ, and Spanish magazine Zero.

 

Events

the best

We might be a little biased, but here at eurOut we think that our eurOut meet-up this summer in Hamburg was one of the best and most fun events of 2009. Not only did we get to meet some of our lovely eurOut readers, we also got Greymatter to perform for us.

Another highlight were all the wonderful pride events that took place in Europe this summer. Forgot about some of them? We told you all about Europride in Zurich, Oslo pride, Barcelona Pride and Stockholm Pride.

 

Movies

the best

I think 2009 was the year of the queer documentary. We saw quite a few be announced or released, some of the ones that stood out for me were Goddag mit navn er Lesbisk about lesbian life in Denmark through the years, and the upcoming British documentary Out at lunch about a group of Oxford lesbians who decide to all have lunch with their parents and be out.

Another great documentary that came out was FAN, about Nienke Eijsink's obsession with dr. Chris Randall from Australian series the Flying Doctors. faith especially wanted to mention as her highlight an interview with Nienke on De Wereld Draait Door that she found very impressive, because it was a nice, sweet piece and the topic was treated exactly the same as they would've if the topic had been straight.

Special mentions for feature films released this year include Eloise and Men who hate women (Millennium trilogy part 1).

the worst

Even though I was enthusiastic about it for months, after finally having seen it I have to admit that Lesbian vampire killers was one of the worst movies I've seen this year. Some of it was actually kind of bad in a good way, but if we are judging it purely on the lesbian content it definitely deserves two thumbs down. Don't see it!

Another special mention of a movie you definitely shouldn't see is the movie Bandaged. Unless you like messed up movies like that, of course.

 

Television

the best

The best thing about lesBians on our television screens across Europe this year, is that if you take all the countries together, there were quite a lot of them, especially on scripted television. I listed 10 lesBian TV couples for you and the fact that I could list 10 means things weren't that bad. Granted, the way some of those storylines ended definitely deserve a mention in the worst category.

When it comes to specific lesBian storylines a definite favourite of mine was the storyline of Naomi and Emily on Skins. It was just so sweet and dramatic, but in a very realistic way. For Ley, and probably many others, the best storyline was that of Carla and Stella on Verbotene Liebe and especially how they weren't killed off when they left the show, but were allowed to live happily ever after.

the worst

Sylvia's death scene on Los Hombres de Paco

There's no question about the worst event involving lesBians on television this year. At least there isn't for me. Up there, high above all the other bad things that happened, is Silvia's gruesome and bloody death on Les Hombres de Paco. As I mentioned recently, I don't mind a bit of gore or drama, but watching Pepa with her hands up in Silvia's stomach, while Silvia spent 45 minutes slowly dying was a bit much, even for me. What were you thinking writers?

That concludes the best and worst of 2009 in European lesBian entertainment. So what do you think? Do you agree with the choices or do you think we made some grave mistakes? Perhaps you feel some important highs and lows are missing? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

This post was first published on eurout.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Studying LesBians: lesBian representation on television and its influence on lesBians

Studying Lesbians is a new monthly column that discusses current and not so current research about lesbians and bisexual women.

A while back I told you all about my new research column and what great topics related to lesbians and bisexual women I would be covering. Well, I let you wait some time for it (good things are worth the wait, right?), but now it's time to give you the first proper edition of the research column.

This time I want to talk to you about the influence of the media on lesbians and bisexual women. In particular, I want to discuss the research by our own Saskia, who wrote her Master thesis on the influence of the L word on the identity of Dutch lesBians (Don't you wish your thesis had such a fun topic?).

More specifically, in her research Saskia tried to examine the meaning of the L word for and its influence on the identity of Dutch lesBians. She did so by conducting 11 in-depth interviews with lesbians and bisexual women, covering a number of different topics related to sexual orientation and sexual identity.

The main findings were that the L word had a "normalising" function with regard to lesBian identity. A show like the L word being shown on mainstream Dutch television, helped with lesBians' confirmation and acceptance of their own identity, as well as provided a helpful tool for coming out.

In addition, by showing such an abundance of feminine lesbians, the L word helped diminish stereotypes that all lesbians are Butch men-hating women. Or phrased differently, that lesBians are really just like straight women only they happen to be attracted to women.

However, as many of you know and probably agree with, the L word wasn't just a positive celebration of lesBian identity. The lack of realism, for example the total absence of heterosexual elements in the show (like the straight best friends that most of us have), limits the meaning the L word has for some lesBians.

More importantly, the L word wasn't a very inspiring influence on the identity of bisexual women, who either saw them not reflected on the show at all or when they were, they were portrayed in a rather negative light.

Therefore, Saskia's conclusions of her study were that the L word only managed to fulfil a part of the needs of lesBian viewers. Moreover, her respondents expressed a great need for more lesBian visibility on television, especially in such a way that is recognisable for the core audience. If you are interested in reading Saskia's entire thesis (it's in Dutch), you can ask her via email.

Of course, Saskia isn't the only one who's looked into the influence of the media on lesBians. For example, several researchers have commented on the lack of visibility of lesBians on television, which makes us feel like we are not represented and makes us feel invisible.

Then again, when lesBian characters are introduced, we tend to be rather critical, especially if we don't feel this character is like a "good lesbian" should be. I think that if we would just have more lesBian characters on television, there would be more diversity and less need to be so picky.

Many researchers have looked into how we are represented on tv, the heteronormality and stereotypical portrayal of lesBians on tv, about the how's and sometimes also the why's. I find it a very interesting topic, especially when it's looked at from an academic point of view. In future columns, I'll be looking at some other aspects involved in this more closely, including research on development and importance of lesBian identity.

If you're interested in the topic of lesBians in the media or the L word in particular and you want to find out more, you should check out dr. Michele Aaron's book New Queer Cinema or one of her article New Queer Cable? The L Word, the small screen and the bigger picture. Also interesting reads are Lesbians in television and text after the millenium and Televising Queer Women. Online you can find many other articles on the topic, including We all have feelings for our girlfriends.

So what do you think about this research? Find it interesting? Do you agree with it or not at all? What other research topics would you like to see discussed in future columns? Leave your comments and suggestions in the comments.

This post was first published on eurOut.