I’ve been wanting to talk more about some of the things I notice in the media on my blog, so today, I thought I’d start this “media moment” feature where I could share these kinds of thoughts and open further discussion on a regular basis.
Last week, I was thinking about how a lot of the magazines I read feature dating sex advice/tips/etc….and all of it is totally directed at straight women. Even though these magazines tend to be relatively liberal, they don’t really have a tone of inclusiveness, which, once I started to think about it, seemed both really odd and yet totally unsurprising. I mean, can you imagine how the tone and content of their articles would shift if they suddenly didn’t assume everyone was dating someone with a penis?
Anyway, I was kind of pondering that and wondering if it’s something that we’ll ever see change, or if this is pretty much just the way it’s going to be. A few hours after I had this thought, I sat down to read the February issue of Glamour. It included a fashion spread, “Just Kiss Me,” that features real (model) couples kissing and modeling new looks. And after doing a little cheer that there was an interracial couple, I was even more excited to see that, lo and behold, there was also a lesbian couple included in the spread!
That picture is like the definition of “canoodling,” is it not? It’s not quite as exciting as the change I was envisioning, but I tend to get excited about the little things like this because they feel like steps in the right direction. Nice work, Glamour.