Lesbian Bodies: Tribades, Tomboys and Tarts
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Femme, vampiric, muscled, tattooed, pregnant, effete, foppish, amazonian – the lesbian body comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Images of the lesbian body in cultural discourse and the popular imagination abound. Various popular magazines and newspapers have announced that it is now chic to be a lesbian – ‘in’, fashionable, popular, desirable. The ‘Saturday Extra’ section of the Melbourne Age recently ran a cover story entitled ‘Wicked Women’, in which lesbians were described as ‘glamorous gorgeous and glad to be gay’. On the front cover of the August 1993 edition of Vanity Fair we find an image of femme super-model Cindy Crawford shaving imaginary whiskers from the boyish, smiling lathered face of k.d. lang, the out-lesbian country and western singer. ‘Oh, to be a lesbian, now that spring is here’, seems to be the latest media hype. Fashion aside, is there a quintessential stereotype, or stereotypes, of the lesbian body?