Lesbian Pens Column on How To Seduce Straight Women; World Explodes
Staceyann Chin’s column in The Guardian, Why Chasing Straight Women Still Thrills Me, has women (both lesbian and straight) and men (don’t steal my girl, yo) up in arms.
Chin’s column is practically a how-to manual for lesbian women on how to get the (straight) girl, but it’s the personal intimacy and shared memories of the author, along with an almost Cluelessian penchant for using lesbian pop lingo (LUG? Lesbian until graduation. See also, “I like the way you make that pink push-up bra look intellectual”) that elevates the essay into straight-up this is all over my Twitter feed prominence.
And for the most part, the essay works. Chin, after all is just sharing some tricks of the trade while recanting some lost loves. But things grind to a screeching halt right around this point:
Oh dear. Suddenly we’re in an episode of Law & Order: SVU.
Autostraddle’s Gabrielle Rivera (who I’m quite a fan of) calls Chin out:
*Note to straight chicks: If a lesbian uses/abuses your trust and friendship solely to get at your goodies, you have my permission to punch that bitch in the face.
Rivera (and I, really) also take umbrage with this bit of malarkey from Chin:
Honestly, I could cut and paste vignettes from both of these talented writers all day long. But why don’t you just go ahead and read both pieces right now and report back to me in the comments with your thoughts on this lesbian lit showdown.
Read Staceyann Chin’s Why Chasing Straight Women Still Thrills Me.
Read Gabrielle Rivera’s Why Chasing Straight Women is for Amateurs (or Not All Lesbians Creep on Straight Girls).
Personally, I’m with Rivera on this one. The only thing separating Chin from the lecherous old man from Family Guy is a pair of breasts and pretty hair. Lesbian messiah unlocking magnetic desires? Girl, you just published a manifesto about being a sexual predator in an international news outlet! Whether or not this is your personal truth is irrelevant.
Props to Rivera for advising Chin “Put your feelings, God complex and horniness aside and be a fucking friend.” Amen.
What do you think about all this? Are you with Chin or Rivera here? Should lesbians seduce straight women? Is all fair in love and bicuriousity?