Recently I realized that our class discussions of Girl Power were nearly devoid of any talk of homosexuality. While we watched a few movies with lesbian characters or sexual activity between women and a handful of blog posts touched upon lesbianism or sexual orientation, there was very little discussion of how homosexuality (specifically non-heterosexual female sexuality) functions in the context of Girl Power, and vice versa. I think this is both an interesting and extremely important question to address. I also wonder what it means that we did not explicitly address this topic.
My first thoughts are that Girl Power seems to be fairly heteronormative. Much of our discussion has focused on women in relation to men. We’ve also focused a lot on straight female sexuality and what it means about women’s empowerment in the context of patriarchy, the male gaze, etc. However, the fact that Girl Power seems heteronormative makes me think we need to interrogate Girl Power through the lens of sexual orientation even more.
I find myself wondering: why is Girl Power heteronormative? Is it inherently heteronormative? If so, what does this mean for the movement and for society in general? If not, why does it currently seem that way? What does Girl Power mean/do for lesbian characters and people? Why didn’t we ask the previous question when discussing the film Bound or in other instances where it was relevant? Is Girl Power different for straight and gay women?
Lastly, I ask for your input. Was anyone else bothered by this hole in our discussions? Why do you think homosexuality came up so infrequently? Does anyone have any answers to the questions I posed above?