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Women Like Us

  • Rating: *****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $275.00
  • Date: Copyright 1990. Released 1991.
  • Descriptors: Homosexuality. Gay women.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Suzanne Neild, Rosalind Pearson. Directed by Suzanne Neild . Color. 49 min.
  • Available from: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 (212)925-0606
  • Cataloging: 305.489'664 Lesbians - Interviews|| Lesbians - Great Britain
  • Print Entry #: 3:1337
  • Reviewer: Olivia Opello

    The joys, sadnesses, and paradoxes of relationships based on love share many similarities, yet each has its own unique aspect as well. Lesbian relationships explored in Women Like Us portray stories of women who have lived their lives and, sooner or later, lived them comfortably in the shadow of society's expectations.

    Sixteen British lesbians, ranging in age from 50 to over 80, talk about their lives and their experiences, some of which date back to the 1920s. These women disarmingly talk about how they feel about themselves and their sexuality and how, over the decades, they have dealt with others who perceive their sexual orientation as deviant, immoral behavior. After experiencing an initial sexual attraction to another woman, many of these lesbians went on to a heterosexual marriage of 20 to 30 years, complete with children, not because that was what they wanted but because that was what society expected, and they were loathe not to conform. But before, during, and after these conventional marriages, each woman found other woman attractive, often only one other woman. They discuss honestly and, in many cases, charmingly, the first "chemical" attraction and intense passion they feel for a loved one, and the feelings of jealousy (not so much that their objet d'amour may leave them for another woman, but that she might abscond with a man). Other topics include the necessity to stay in the closet because of social pressures, the apprehension about being found out, the frustrations of living in a society that defines its women through the men they know, and the thrill and anxiety experienced when they acknowledged their gay love at age 40 or 50 and could face those feelings.

    This very interesting, enlightening program begins with reminiscences from the early decades of the century when lesbians struggled because there were no obvious role models for them to follow, not even any printed materials readily accessible. It ends decades later on a happy, optimistic note, as women discuss the breakthroughs that have been made both privately and publicly. Suitable for any age group in which homosexuality is discussed, this video is, unfortunately, very expensive. Highly recommended.

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