Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Elle France Loves Lesbians, Bless 'Em!



Marriage equality has been a hot topic in France of late, mainly because French President Francois Hollande's same-sex marriage bill is due to go before parliament in just a matter of days, with a final vote at the end of this month. Although as a nation the French are generally quite tolerant towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a minority of its residents protested against gayness in general, by decrying the same-sex marriage bill and saying "non" to people who are saner than them adopting children.

So in a one-finger salute to the crazy Catholic fundamentalists, ELLE France have released their latest issue, which features two women embracing on the cover as a supposed married lesbian couple - we 'know' this because they're wearing white and one of them has a floral headpiece on, so it's assumed they've just got hitched and walked down the aisle to KD Lang's "Constant Craving" (the French version).

Running with the headline “Mariage pour toutes!” (Marriage for all!), at the same moment the issue dropped on newsstands, the phones of gay couples across France rang and they heard the words, "Allez! get married, and hey, while you're on the line, your application to adopt is approved!". 
Of course that didn't really happen, but that's what SHOULD happen.

Elle's Editorial Director, Veronique Toranian, told New York Magazine that ELLE France is of the belief that everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law, saying, “This debate is not primarily between old and modern, right and left, homophobes and progressives: there are gay, pro-marriage Catholics, left- and right-leaning psychologists fiercely attached to the symbolism of gender difference as a necessity for any potential child. There are feminists who advocate for IVF for lesbians, but who oppose surrogate mothers for gays because they denounce the commodification of women’s bodies.”

I'm all for same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children, one rule for all as far as I'm concerned. The only issue I do have is with the cheese factor element of the ELLE France cover - those two clothes horses look more like the older bridesmaids at the wedding reception who've had too much Pastis and fancied some girl-on-girl action. All that's missing is them both holding a gold plastic souvenir statue of the Eiffel Tower and a neon heart flashing above them.

In fact ELLE France should've just put Johnny Depp on the cover with his ex-Vanessa Paradis and it would've looked more realistic, because Johnny is really looking like a butch boho middle-aged lesbian from the French countryside these days.
But well done to the magazine for their stance on the debate anyway!

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