Great post at Raging Feminist about fatophobic sex scenes in The L Word, and in MSM in general:
It should have been an interesting scene, then, as she fell into bed with her new romantic interest. Sure, he was a man, but he’s an interesting fat man. Boy was I disappointed, but not shocked, when they cut to a completely different scene as soon as Kit and her man hit their hotel bed. Now I’m not one to look for the sex scenes, and, in fact, the soft core porn atmosphere of the show is often very upsetting to my feminist politics, but damn, if I’m going to see a bunch of people having sex, if I’m going to be subjected to tons of explicit heterosexual screwing, and if I’m going to hear women talking about fucking one another every week, completely internalizing patriarchal ideas about sex, then damn it, I want to see some fat! I want to see Kit’s big body with its soft rolls of fat and big thighs just like we see Katherine Moennig’s spine and boney sternum on every single episode.
Why can’t we see Kit having sex? Why is she hidden behind everyone else in the orgiastic promo pics for the show? If it’s because she doesn’t want to do nudity then fine, but go out and find other fat women to include on the show as well, and don’t hide them.
The fat haters, and you all know who you are, need to get over this shit, because I’m tired of being told that fat women aren’t sexy. I’m sick of watching perfectly gorgeous women covered up and ignored in favor of an aesthetic that promotes eating disorders, depression, and low self-esteem. Show me the fat, and pass me the donuts while you’re at it.
Raging Feminist via Brutal Women. (I love that I just typed that sentence.)