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Australia: Lesbians condemn Honey Birdette rainbow-washing ‘Pride’ campaign

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Honey Birdette has consistently delivered sexist and pornified representations of women to flog their overpriced lingerie and sex toys, ignoring 42 Ad Standards rulings against it for violating the code of ethics. But far from promoting equality, the company’s long history of porn-inspired depictions of lesbian sexuality further entrenches sexist and harmful stereotypes of lesbians as male entertainment, and these latest images will likely be enjoyed by men.

A number of lesbians have responded to Honey Birdette’s ad campaign, calling the company out for tokenising and fetishising lesbians to promote their brand.

“If there’s no difference between a female nipple and a male nipple why are all but one of the visible nipples female? Using lesbians as titillation is not unusual, the pornographers have been doing it for decades. But in the real world real lesbians are tortured for our activism; real lesbians are subjected to corrective rape; and in the real world when a lesbian is raped or tortured she doesn’t get to say stop. Not only are you continuing the sexualising of women, you are giving mixed messages with images of a mixed orgy.”

-Susan Hawthorne, lesbian activist and writer

“Lesbians have fought for centuries for society to understand that lesbian sexuality is not for or about men, resisting the harassment, fetishisation, corrective rape and physical attacks that lesbians here and around the world have experienced. Honey Birdette has developed a campaign that is heavily reliant on the sexualisation of lesbian bodies and the presentation of lesbian sexuality. The argument that there is no difference between male and female nipples is meaningless in a world that sexualises women so consistently.

“Calling the campaign ‘Fluid’ combined with the presentation of objectified, sexually available lesbians clearly communicates to the men watching that lesbian sexuality is fluid enough for lesbians to be sexually available to them. In a world where lesbians are harassed and attacked for our sexuality, for not being available to men, this is a dangerous game to play with lesbian lives.

“Framing opposition as conservative is to miss the point of our concerns. It is neither puritanical nor conservative to want to carve out space for lesbians to exist free of tokenism or sexual objectification in a deeply sexualised society. This campaign sells out lesbian sexuality for profit, which is not excused by the fact that Honey Birdette’s founder and her partner are the women in the shoot.

“We all want to live in a world where lesbians are safe, where lesbian lives are celebrated and where lesbian representation gives hope and strength to young lesbians working out their sexuality. Honey Birdette’s Fluid campaign takes us further away from that world.”

-Liz Waterhouse, Listening2Lesbians https://listening2lesbians.com/

Comments on Honey Birdette’s Instagram account indicate the campaign has not been well received. Commenters have questioned the company’s motives, labelling the marketing ploy as “insincere” and “disingenuous”, and accusing the company of ‘rainbow washing’, a term which refers to corporates using rainbow colours or imagery to indicate support for the LGBT community but with a minimum of effort or pragmatic result.

Continue reading at: https://www.collectiveshout.org/lesbians_condemn_hb (Source)

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

Ingrid Burger King discrimination

A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)

The Netherlands: lesbian couple attacked during pride

Ana Camboim Katya Sazanova

Photo: Ana Camboim

A lesbian couple was beaten  by two men on a scooter on Saturday morning in the center [of Amsterdam]. The women reported the incident to the police, but they reported that the chance of the perpetrators being caught is small.

“Oh, you are so hot, can we join you?” They walk around 5 a.m. in the Zandstraat, a narrow alley, near the Zuiderkerk after an evening out.

The couple in love walk hand in hand, which they often do in Amsterdam. Camboim gives a reply. “Get on with it, just drive on.”

Camboim gets a thump in her face and falls to the floor. Her girlfriend is also beaten in the face. The women both have bruises, a broken lip and a swollen nose.

For the couple it is a traumatic event. “It was so frightening. We only cried at home. People sometimes look up when we hold hands, but people have never been physical”, says Sazanova on the phone.

“My girlfriend is from Brazil and I from Kazakhstan. We might expect something like this in our own country but not in Amsterdam. And then it also happens during the Pride.” She states that they have been ‘lucky’. “This could have turned out so much worse.”
(Translated)

Een lesbisch koppel is zaterdagochtend in het centrum door twee mannen op een scooter in elkaar geslagen. De vrouwen hebben aangifte gedaan bij de politie, maar die meldde dat de kans dat de daders worden gepakt klein is.

“Oh, jullie zijn zo hot, mogen we met jullie meedoen?” Het is een vraag van twee mannen op een scooter aan Katya Sazanova (29) en haar vriendin Ana Camboim (26), beiden werkende expats in Amsterdam. Ze lopen rond 5.00 uur ’s ochtends in de Zandstraat, een smalle steeg, vlakbij de Zuiderkerk na een avond uit.

Het verliefde koppel loopt hand in hand, wat ze wel vaker doen in Amsterdam. Camboim geeft repliek. “Rot op, rijd gewoon door.” Het is voor de mannen reden om de vrouwen in elkaar te slaan.

Camboim krijgt een dreun in haar gezicht en valt op de grond. Ook haar vriendin wordt in haar gezicht geslagen. De vrouwen lopen beide blauwe plekken, een kapotte lip en een gezwollen neus op.

Voor het koppel is het een traumatische gebeurtenis. “Het was zo beangstigend. We hebben thuis alleen maar gehuild. Mensen kijken weleens op als we elkaars hand vasthouden, maar nog nooit zijn mensen fysiek geweest,” zegt Sazanova aan de telefoon.

“Mijn vriendin komt uit Brazilië en ik uit Kazachstan. We zouden misschien zoiets in ons eigen land verwachten maar niet in Amsterdam. En dan gebeurt het ook nog tijdens de Pride.” Ze stelt dat ze ‘geluk’ hebben gehad. “Dit had zoveel erger kunnen uitpakken.”
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Continue reading at: https://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/lesbisch-koppel-tijdens-pride-in-elkaar-geslagen-we-hebben-geluk-gehad~b742928c/ (Source)

Germany: Lesbophobia persists even in hip Berlin

Lesbians in Germany

Lesbians have two vulnerable characteristics: they are women and they are homosexual. They are therefore disregarded by people for two reasons. This double vulnerability is there, no matter where in Europe, in the world she moves with and belongs to the family.

The police arrive within minutes, the boys are highly motivated to grab the guy. They ask Anna in the patrol car and comb through the streets of Moabit. Unfortunately, in vain.

Afterwards, we ask ourselves: why did not the other people at the bus stop help? There are three buses and the Ringbahn at this station, there were at least 15 people. No one asked if we were okay, nobody took pictures, nobody called the police. Nothing.

The BVG wants to make the video recordings of our bus available, but then accidentally pulls out the wrong pictures. The relevant recordings will be deleted according to the privacy policy. The preliminary investigation against the unknown man is finally stopped.

The offence is assault. Nowhere is it mentioned that we are lesbian, although we have said it, although it is clear that we are the child’s parents. Nevertheless, it is not recorded that it was a homophobic offence.
(Translated)

Lesben haben zwei verwundbare Eigenschaften: Sie sind Frauen und sie sind homosexuell. Sie werden also aus zwei Gründen von Menschen missachtet. Diese doppelte Verwundbarkeit ist da, egal wo in Europa, auf der Welt, sie zieht mit und gehört quasi zur Familie.

Die Polizei ist binnen Minuten vor Ort, die Jungs sind hochmotiviert, den Typen zu schnappen. Sie bitten Anna in den Streifenwagen und durchkämmen die Straßen von Moabit. Leider vergeblich.

Hinterher fragen wir uns: Warum haben die anderen Leute an der Bushaltestelle nicht geholfen? Es fahren drei Busse und die Ringbahn an dieser Station, da waren mindestens 15 Leute. Keiner hat sich erkundigt, ob es uns gut geht, keiner hat Fotos gemacht, keiner hat die Polizei gerufen. Nichts.

Die BVG will die Videoaufnahmen von unserem Bus zur Verfügung stellen, zieht dann aber aus Versehen die falschen Bilder raus. Die relevanten Aufnahmen werden gemäß Datenschutz gelöscht. Das Ermittlungsverfahren gegen unbekannt wird schließlich eingestellt.

Die Straftat lautet Körperverletzung. Dass wir lesbisch sind, wird nirgends erwähnt, obwohl wir es gesagt haben, obwohl klar ist, dass wir die Eltern des Kindes sind. Trotzdem wird nicht aufgenommen, dass es eine homophobe Straftat war.
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Continue reading at: https://taz.de/Lesbenfeindlicher-Uebergriff/!5607418/ (Source)

Google finally changes its French algorithm for the word lesbian

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Before July 18, 2019, the word “Lesbian” entered on Google displayed only pornography. It was a mistake for Google, but an error now corrected. On July 18, 2019, the word “Lesbian” no longer refers to pornographic results on the French search engine, even if Safe Search is not active. The subject that seems confined to technology hides in fact enormous social consequences.

On the one hand, access to information on lesbianism on the most used search engine in France was complex. On the other hand, the results by default were part of a dangerous sexualization of women’s bodies, vector of criminal behaviour far beyond the web – the latest example to date: London lesbians who were beaten after refusing to kiss in front of a man.
(Translation)

Avant le 18 juillet 2019, le mot « Lesbienne » entré sur Google n’affichait que de la pornographie. C’était une erreur pour Google, mais une erreur désormais corrigée. Le 18 juillet 2019, le mot « Lesbienne » ne renvoie plus sur des résultats pornographiques sur le moteur de recherche français, même si Safe Search n’est pas actif. Le sujet qui semble cantonné à la technologie cache en réalité des conséquences sociales énormes.

D’une part, l’accès à l’information sur le lesbianisme sur le moteur de recherche le plus utilisé en France était complexe. D’autre part, les résultats par défaut participaient à une sexualisation dangereuse du corps des femmes, vectrice de comportements criminels dépassant très largement le web — dernier exemple en date, ces lesbiennes londoniennes qui ont été battues après avoir refuser de s’embrasser devant un homme.
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Continue reading at: https://www.numerama.com/politique/534430-google-a-enfin-modifie-son-algorithme-pour-la-requete-lesbienne.html?utm_content=buffer82d3d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer (Source)

Lesbians: victims of censorship of the giants of the web

Lesbian google search

The experience is striking. Type the word “lesbian” on Google and see how the overwhelming majority of the results are pornographic content. However, this term is only defined by the “Larousse” as “relating to female homosexuality”. “With the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Journalists, we’ve started discussions with Google, they know there’s a problem,” journalist Alice Coffin reports. Spokesperson of the European Lesbian * Conference (EL * C), she explains having already had unpleasant surprises:”We have observed that mail filters of our recipients, including those who have Gmail, classify many e- emails from the EL * C, lambdas and newsletters, in spam … ”
(Translated)

L’expérience est saisissante. Tapez le mot “lesbienne” sur Google et observez combien l’écrasante majorité des résultats se compose de contenus pornographiques. Pourtant, ce terme est seulement défini par le “Larousse”comme “relatif à l’homosexualité féminine”. “Avec l’Association des journalistes lesbiennes, gays, bi(e)s, trans et intersexes, nous avons entamé des discussions avec Google. Ils savent qu’il y a un problème”, rapporte la journaliste Alice Coffin. Porte-parole de l’European Lesbian* Conference (EL*C), elle explique avoir déjà eu de mauvaises surprises :”Nous avons observé que les filtres de messagerie de nos destinataires, notamment ceux qui ont Gmail, classent beaucoup d’e-mails de l’EL*C, lambdas et newsletters, dans les spams…”
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Continue reading at: https://o.nouvelobs.com/lifestyle/20190304.OBS1156/gouine-plutot-que-lesbienne-les-lgbt-victimes-de-la-censure-des-geants-du-web.html (Source)