5 Reasons Why the Lesbian Chic Trend is Idiotic

I’ve been meaning to comment on this article about lesbianism becoming “in fashion” from Style.com for a while, but fashion week kept me busy. Although fashion week is now over (and we have yet to fully analyze whether lesbian chic was as big a trend as we thought) I still wanted to write something about this. In fact, I couldn’t believe that Style.com would publish this type of ridiculous rubbish, and suggest that sexuality preferences are trends and that women were turning to same-sex relationships because it is hard to find a guy in fashion. Ugh. Read the article here (you need to click to slide 3) and below is 5 reasons why the “lesbian chic” trend is very, very stupid.

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Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova doing lesbian stuff for LOVE magazine, shot by Mert & Marcus.

1. Sexual preferences are NOT a trend. This is serious stuff, people. Choosing whether you fancy boys, girls, both or other is a major life decision. Sure, some people change their minds at some point, but only morons change their sexual preferences according to seasons (I did know some girls, when I was in high school, who would swap between gay and straight but they were pretty stupid.)

2. Girls wearing Air Jordans and baseball caps are not necessary gay. For Style.com to even suggest it is absurd. Dressing like a boy is a FASHION trend, not a sexuality trend.

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More lesbian-ish photos by Mert & Marcus, this time for Interview magazine.

3. Lesbians are not everywhere. The article opens with “Lesbians! They’re everywhere.” I’m here to tell you they aren’t. Not much more so than a few years back. It has simply become easier to be more open about these things (and that IS a great thing.)

4. Women don’t become lesbians because they can’t find a guy. Style.com tell us that it is hard to find a guy, so women are dating other women instead (their exact words “Seriously: Trying to catch a straight man in fashion is like trying to catch a rainbow.”) I live in a city that is notoriously short on eligible men, yet I don’t see any of my girlfriends deciding to become lesbians because they can’t find a man. And here’s a note to all the women who are looking for men in fashion: DON’T. Find a guy who isn’t in fashion, in my experience, they make much better husbands. Do you really want a guy whose work means he is surrounded by models or desperate fashion girls all day?

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Abbey Lee Kershaw & Edita Vilkeviciute in a lesbian wedding scene by Mario Sorrenti for Interview.

5. Being surrounded by good-looking women doesn’t mean you will want to start dating them. Another ridiculous suggestion by Style.com, which is, for the most part, total rubbish. Although being surrounded by good-looking women is generally an incentive to keep yourself in good shape. And hey, that might help you meet some guys so you aren’t stuck dating their sisters instead.

  • Jasper

    haha that article is famous! but sigh, vancouver is absolutely pathetic in the meeting significant lovers department. i thought this post was going to be aimed more at like jamie/proenza ad campaign lesbian chic look. BUT YES, all the points you’ve listed i agree are ridiculous

  • Dimitar

    how did I miss this article? 😀 It’s hilarious, but at the same time – very true. For example, in my country at the moment it’s kind of ok (and trendy) for guys to have sex with other men when they can’t find a one-time woman for the night. Which I personally don’t understand. It’s true some of them may have some bi-sexuality in them, but others are simply doing it and acting as masculine as possible to hide those ‘adventures’. A while ago in the summer, I also read an article that stated the new type of sexuality (I don’t recall it’s name) which is modern in the States – to have sex with the person that’s is offered and easy at a certain time – no matter from what gender they are.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    WTF?!?! What country do you live in? This is pretty effed up. I
    have definitely NOT noticed this!

  • Dimitar

    I live in Bulgaria which is right under Romania. It may be strange for you, but this is really happening here but in order to fully believe me, you need to come and visit 😀 It’s bad and that’s why I REALLY want to emigrate, because apart from the society that follows no rules, morals or whatsoever, there’s no future for my fashion career. At this time however, I just lack the financial resources to study abroad. I dream for Paris and the States and whichever comes first will be gladly appreciated!! 😀

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Wow, it does sound strange! So maybe Style.com is right…

  • Dimitar

    Don’t forget it’s Europe we are talking about, and believe me – though it may be only a thing here, it’s quite possible to be a trend in other countries’ night life as well – for example, we share quite the same cultural characteristics with Italy and Spain, so I doubt that this trend doesn’t occur there as well.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m still not convinced this will ever be remotely mainstream… that remains to be seen. Personally, I’m sticking to men, notably the one I am married to :-)

  • Jasper

    omg that’s amazing. i need to hit up romania asap

  • AnaO

    If I were a lesbian, I’d feel offended by that joke of an article. It reduces sexuality, an integral part of everyone’s identity, to a passing fad and an aesthetic choice. Too many people read such texts and end up thinking that lesbians are just naughty girls who want to have fun or poor women who don’t know the pleasures of “proper” sex with a guy. Not nice, style.com

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Totally agree. It most definitely trivializes lesbianism.

  • dust_bunny

    i found a pair of hello kitty panties in my wifes car…she does not own a pair of hello kitty panties…turns out, the neighbors 20 year old daughter does.

  • Chi3f

    Women are more prone to sexual plasticity. The fact that that offends you means nothing. The is some truth to “lesbian chic.”