I first became aware of the show the L word while attending a Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park. I was handed a card that said one of the characters that would be performing at a local event was Papi. I looked down at the card that I accepted from the beautiful young woman handing them out and saw a beautiful young woman on the front and for a moment was confused and asked is this you, she smiled and said no and walked away. As I looked closer at the card, I noticed that Papi would be performing at a local bookstore for gay women. I knew about this store because one of my male friends of long ago had given me the ultimate tour of little five points and since we were both avid readers pointed out to me that this was a lesbian bookstore. I hate to say it but this comment has kept me from the bookstore every since. In any event as I looked at the card, I was shocked to find out that this beautiful woman was possibly a lesbian, as I was yesterday when I was looking for a hairstyle for my young son yesterday and looked up Nelly, and with no thoughts of Nelly Furtado in my-head saw her picture under the search term Nelly. When I saw her picture, I thought is this Nellie’s new girlfriend, then up came the picture of Nelly Furtado who said that she was bisexual. In any event the shock I felt hearing this was the same shock I felt realizing that Papi might be a lesbian. Any way, out of site out of mind.
My next encounter with the L word was what made me actually look at it. A cousin once told me that I looked like Pam Grier and every since i was told this I’ve accepted the compliment and and ran with it, after I looked at several Pam movies. well for some reason i was looking up Pam Grier and came across the information that she was appearing in a drama called the L word. I understood it was about lesbians, but still wanted to see it. I think literally the biggest shock of the show for me was the humanistic ways lesbians were portrayed. It was not just between the sheets scenes but actual human beings and relationships. I looked at a couple of shows and I have to admit that I thought it was a good show. They lost me with the transsexual love scene and when women began doing things for women which traditionally other men did. This weirded me out so, I have decided that I will not watch the show again. When a woman puts herself in the fifties imagines herself as a man and has a wife that behaves like June Cleaver, I ammmmm gone.
Finally what I think about often when I think of the show is the heavy stereotypes applied to minority characters. Femme is not a word applied to African American characters in the L word. The black soldier with the extremely soft talking girlfriend talks like a man and at times act like a man and never and I mean never combs her hair in a feminine style. Pam Grier who is not portrayed as a lesbian on the show is the other black character on the show and plays a “drunk”. So the only black characters on the L word are drunk or dykes, however every and I mean every white women except one is portrayed as extremely feminine , Papi is also on there and though she is beautiful she is assigned masculine qualities. The show is also disappointing in the fact that there are no black professionals portrayed on the show in any field portrayed on the show. Everyone has a job, and I was impressed with the work environments presented of the women. Let me list who has or has had a professional job on the L word so an accurate picture is presented to you. All of the normal white women have pretty nice careers, the old woman is a professional in the arts field, the death mute is a professional in the arts field, there is a dykey white attorney, and finally even the woman who dresses up like a man and talks like a man has a professional career, however there is not one black woman in a glam career in this show. What black lesbians are, are drunk or in a male oriented or desperation careers such as the military. This show does not call black women nappy headed hoes, it portrays black women as nappy headed hoes, not literally but figuratively in the dead end, full of despair careers black women are put in.
Finally to me this show is just a version of Girlfriends with a lesbian attention getter theme. This show is not for Black Gurls!