Friday, July 10, 2009

New movie follows all-lesbian basketball team  

As Amelie at The New Gay points out, there's a new independent movie coming soon to theaters, called Lady Trojans, that highlights the ups and downs of an all-girl high school basketball team during the 1990s. The sports team happens to fit the stereotype of "lesbians love sports," because all the team members are lesbians, and incidentally, they all sleep with each other.

From the trailer, it seems like the documentary is portraying the romances in a very real, tender, and non-pornographic manner, which is great. Still though, does this film feed too much into the stereotype that if you get a bunch of lesbians together, they're going to have one giant orgy? I wonder if the film addresses other issues, such as the discrimination the team members face from non-team members, what other students say about them, and most importantly, why lesbians are drawn to sports teams. Amelie of The New Gay makes a great point in saying:

But as queer women, we need signifiers, and we need a safe space. And while not every athletic team is a safe space, many, many are.

I think it would be interesting if the movie were to tackle that issue, rather than focus solely on the lesbian drama. I love that a movie has been made highlighting real lesbian women, but the jury's still out on whether it's a positive portrayal or not. Other thoughts?

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