The Kids Are All Right, but the parents could use some help
By 40andoverblog.com on August 01, 2010
POB (partner of blogger) and I went to see the movie, “The Kids Are All Right,” about a lesbian couple and their two kids and the sperm donor who is invited into their lives by the elder child (who turned 18 and can get the information).
It got great reviews. After seeing it, I realize that these reviewers are straight.
Based on the (straight people) reviews, I was looking forward to seeing how my life turns out (not really, but sort of really). Two happily married lesbians raising their kids. Sounded like a Utopian fantasy come to major motion picture.
Of course, I have my own issues — I am not a biological parent. At least, each of these moms was biologically related to a child. That is firmer ground than that which I will stand when coming face to face with FOS (the face of sperm man), should it happen. (OF COURSE, it will happen, but I intend to be in a state of dementia at that point.)
Back to the movie. The hetero sex scenes were more enthralling than the one (count it, ONE) quasi-I-didn’t-understand-what-the-f$%^-was-going-on scene with the women. Gay male porn and one woman under the covers while that other woman is watching man-on-man and showing no signs of arousal? Ok, ok, ok. I went to EVERY class on lesbian indoctrination given by the proponents of the gay agenda. NO WHERE DID I SEE THIS. This is NOT how any couple I KNOW gets romantic or has sex (yes, they can be mutually exclusive).
(While being indoctrinated all those many years ago, I did read about some things I decided were safer NOT to try at home, but in a passive-aggressive moment, I left those pamphlets for my mother to read and weep about. I still feel a little bad but by the end of my mother’s life, she was not focused on fisting one’s partner.)
I am going to have t-shirts made up that say:
WE DO IT BUT NOT LIKE NIC AND JULES.
So, in this movie, child is parent to the mothers. A usual Hollywood turn of events.
And the sexual excitement was spent on one of the mother’s extra-marital affair with Sperm Donor Man. It was enticing, even though Mark Ruffalo has too much hair. Also, what is with THAT?
If a lesbian has an affair (I am told) it is often with a woman and, if not a woman, a co-worker or client. (Well, he was in fact a client at some point in the movie.)
NEVERTHELESS, in our first major motion picture about aging lesbians and their children, couldn’t the producers have made the sex a little steamy? It isn’t like the L Word didn’t break some ground here. Couldn’t the producers throw a bone to us true-life lesbians with families? Keep hope alive for those of us in the midst of parenting and working and dreaming of beautiful sunsets with our partners when the kids are out of the house?
I always thought we were lucky — no Cialis, Viagra, etc. — now I am scared that I have man-on-man porn to look forward to while someone “services” me under covers. I am soooooo grossed out.
This movie about a “solid” lesbian family is enough to cause therapists to cancel their August recess just to keep up with the demand of freaked out Moms.
Maybe this film touched a nerve (ok, it did) but I have to believe that it needed to please heterosexual America. And so our lives are casualties.
Paging the L Word.