Chasing Christabel, perhaps
Posted by Karen R on October 30, 1997 at 17:37:00:
In response to Chasing Amy, written by Cassia on October 30, 1997 at 17:02:29
] Have you seen a film called Chasing Amy. One of the things discussed is the feeling that some people feel that lesbian sex is not real sex because there is no penetration. I'm not accusing Ash of that kind of thinking but I do think that is how Blanche thought. Remember, when she goes to Ellen she emphasises that her relationship with Christabel is innocent. IMHO, she feels it is more to do with love than the 'animalistic acts' of sex.
Oh, yes I saw Chasing Amy and loved it. I even liked how convincingly she explained her switcheroo without it being insulting and neanderthalic (is that a word?) Is Christabel is the same boat? Having sampled everything on the platter, she finds real love (or is it just sex) with Ash and so ends her lesbian relationship with Blanche.
I tend to be in the camp that says this feminist/lesbian thing was included to make fun of certain trends in literary scholarship. All the hints are there--I will concede--but at the same time, the Victorian hangup over sex precluded her having a relationship with Blanche. Am I naive? Maybe. Christabel was independent and she didn't need anyone. Blanche was a useful foil for her, shockingly sharing a household together.
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