April 15, 2004

Lesbians Receive Their Own Letter

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While the constant runs of Girls Gone Wild commercials and over-publicized stunts like the Britney-Madonna-Christina lip-lock may have aroused or anesthetized the American public with shots of girls making out, the debut of the newest Showtime drama, The L Word, gives us something else to look at.

The L-Word is a soap opera. It belongs in a genre of winding story-telling, numerous plot-twists, cliff-hanger endings, and of course, beautiful people. It tells the stories of a group of women in a big city: their lives, their loves, and their lusts. So far, it sounds like that one other provocative show about women and sex. The show beats its critics to the punch line however and advertises with the tagline, “Same sex. different city.” The L is for Los Angeles. The L is for Lesbian.

Like its title, the show’s characters are elusive and unconfined to hollow signification. The show depicts the lives of a group of women in different stages of their lives. Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner) is a writer whose life with fianc