How Lesbian Relationships Are Portrayed in the Culture of the USA
Positive representations of lesbian relationships in the American media and literature are increasingly prevalent, and nowadays, we are less likely to perceive lesbian relationships and dating as something wild or alien to us.
Finding a same-sex partner in American society
We get used to the diversity of people around us as sexual minorities begin to actively show themselves to the world. They live and love just like heterosexual people: they struggle with loneliness and look for a partner.
Thanks to the Internet that our lives are firmly connected to, dating has become as easy and enjoyable as shopping or visiting hobby courses. It doesn’t matter if lesbians are looking for their one and only or just for a hot interaction without obligations, as well as lesbians all around the world, are open to new acquaintances online. They do not hide themselves being afraid of how our society will perceive their desire to find a same-sex partner. Quite the opposite: many lesbians are open about their desire to go for dating, and this openness, as one of the main features of Americans, is often displayed and perceived positively.
Media as the main platform for displaying lesbian relationships
The portrayal of lesbians and other LGBTQ+ members may vary significantly from country to country. The US network television runs a lot of series and TV shows that include same-sex couples, and this is how mainly the lesbian community is being portrayed to others. The LGBTQ+ content is, of course, not only for LGBTQ+ members.
The modern series and movies embrace complicated, lovable, successful, good, and evil lesbian characters that are also important members of American society: they depict lesbian women from a New York chief of police to a Washington politician to a business woman struggling with the middle-aged crisis somewhere in California. Although the diversity of lesbian experiences is far from being comprehensively portrayed on TV screens, these lesbian TV shows made in the USA are quite good at showing lesbians’ everyday life and relationships:
- Killing Eve
- The L world
- Gentleman Jack
- Orange is the new black
- Dickinson (You got it right: Emily Dickinson was lesbian, although she is often portrayed as a straight woman)
- The Fosters
- Sex education.
Next to the series, there are also popular TV shows which are hosted by such charismatic lesbians as Rachel Maddow, Jillian Michaels, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sarah Gilbert. All of them are successful media women, are in committed lesbian relationships, and are respected for being open about their affection for their partners.
A long-time lesbians presence in American literature
While it may seem that lesbians have only been present in modern American literature, it actually turns out that the lives and relationships of women who feel attracted to their own gender have been featured in American literature for quite some time.
What about “Orlando,” written by Virginia Woolf almost 100 years ago? It is a great novel that was created based on the letters Ms. Woolf was exchanging with her lover and close friend Vita Sackville-West. Gosh, these love letters are beautiful. Vita was depicted as a young man Orlando living in Tudor times who tossed between two sexes courting women and men, but as a woman, Orlando was swaggeringly queer, as we can call his/her relationships today. The novel shows a turbulent, unconventional love life of a person who has become one of the most popular lesbians in the world and American literature. The story of American literature can’t be told without acknowledging lesbian and gay writers such as Virginia Woolf, who has greatly influenced the development of American literature.
Back in the day, same-sex relationships were something we were not understanding and even being afraid of: We’re often afraid of the things we do not understand. Now we can see that lesbian relationships appear to function largely in the same manner as heterosexual relationships and are often portrayed positively in the American culture.