By Christine Allen Saturday 2 May , 7: It is then that I realise that we have made an error in allowing his joke to be aired. No man or woman, gay or straight, should have to witness their date being chatted up by some randomer.
In hindsight, I realise that our hesitancy stemmed from the notion that at some level we knew that any rebuff, followed with its true reason, would serve to only encourage rather than discourage the guy in question. As it turned out, we were right to be wary. Needless to say, we left pretty sharpish. My response to them would be this: However, what I simply cannot reconcile with is their adamant refusal to take, when told, the fact that two women are on a date seriously, nor their undermining attitude towards gay women in general.
How would lads like it if we chatted up their dates? This type of undermining attitude is not cool. How would lads like it if the lesbians of Ireland approached their dates and proceeded to chat them up, laughing in derision upon hearing that they were heterosexual before blatantly attempting to pull them anyway?
Or, furthermore, relaying the hundreds of search results on Google which lead to studies confirming that women in lesbian relationships have more orgasms than their straight counterparts?
Like us, they had also to contend with bemused reactions on several occasions on foot of informing straight men that they were a couple. So why do some straight men have such dismissive and bemused attitudes towards lesbian relationships? Then again, before porn in its current form was ever available, lesbian relationships were viewed as non-existent — you just have to look to the Bible.
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. In most instances, offense is not intended. However in reality, it serves to once again undermine our relationships which well and truly go beyond the platonic stage.
Society too is also coming round to recognising the validity of lesbian relationships — hopefully this will be enshrined in our constitution come 22 May. Christine Allen is in her third year of Information Technology at DCU — a part-time course funded for those that are unemployed. In between trying to get to grips with JAVA programming and looking for work, she loves nothing better than sitting down at the laptop with a cup of tea, and writing.
One day she would like to be known as the lesbian version of Carrie Bradshaw.