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Spike Lee's She Hate Me angers some lesbians

Spike Lee's She Hate Me angers some lesbians

London's The Guardian reports that some lesbians are unhappy with the portrayal of gay women in Spike Lee's new film, She Hate Me, which deals with a straight man who impregnates several lesbians at $10,000 per coupling. "[There is an] obvious fine line between exploitation and visibility for us as lesbians of color in the film," black author Rosalind Lloyd told the New York Blade. "Real, authentic lesbians will not sleep with men for any reason at all." Poet Erica Doyle said that Lee had created "an extensive male fantasy of having sex with lots of women--women who are usually inaccessible to most men." Lesbian sex columnist Tristan Taormino, whom Lee hired as a technical consultant for the film, counters that lesbians are expecting too much out of one movie. "I can appreciate when lesbians say that they feel like they don't see themselves, their lives, or their realities represented in this film, but I don't think it is meant to represent all lesbians of color, all upwardly mobile dykes, all lesbian moms, etc.," she told the Blade. Lee himself told Newsweek: "[Tristan] said, 'Spike, there's no way in the world you can make a film that every lesbian likes.' I'm glad she said that. It made me realize that lesbians are like any other group. They're not monolithic."

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