BBC Three: Dawn Goes Lesbian
This is the official BBC Three description:
Journalist Dawn Porter investigates the world of lesbianism. Setting herself strict rules, she immerses herself in a world of women only, moving in with lesbian housemates in Soho and working in a busy lesbian bar. She also interviews experts on female sexuality, while a scientific probe that measures sexual responses provides some surprising results.
As this topic might be controversial for some people, I’ve placed everything else after the More.
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I found this on Veoh.
My reaction was WTF?
It was only after watching it and doing some Googling that I found out Dawn Porter is an actual presenter on English TV (she also has a MySpace Page). Otherwise, I had no idea who she was or why she merited this program. Having no idea of her history, having never seen anything else with or by her, I came into this with no preconceptions.
Twenty-eight when this program was made, she’d already been involved in a menage-a-trois a few years back and was surprised to find she liked being with another woman. She wondered if she could awaken her lesbian side. To that end, she moved into a house occupied by three lesbians. The program recounts her adventure of saturating herself in the lesbian subculture for a month.
One of the experiences she undergoes is a scientific test to ascertain if she’s aroused by lesbian pornography.
The top line is her response to lesbian pornography versus the bottom line response to conventional male-female porn. As can be seen, her body actually reacted stronger. She claimed, however, not to be consciously aroused.
At one point, after failing to be hit on at lesbian bars, she turns to the Internet to hook up.
Yeah, that’s pretty sad.
She finds someone whose picture she likes and arranges to meet. The woman in question refuses to be filmed, so the date happens off-camera.
The entire date was a disaster that lasted only twenty minutes! “A new record,” Dawn noted.
There are scenes inside a lesbian strip club, talk of sex taking place in restroom stalls (also on a pink-felted pool table!), and Dawn stocking up on lesbian erotica (in the form of text-only stories) in a store specializing in lesbian interests.
One TV reviewer had this reaction to it:
[…] [L]et’s stop mincing our metaphors here. This was soft porn, masquerading as a documentary. It wasn’t interested in showing anything except the charms of its presenter.
Have you had enough of these stunt-driven shows? Would you prefer to see a return to television programmes presented by experts who can actually teach you something, rather than an amiable everywoman/man who might be fun down the pub but is otherwise an empty vessel?
And, yeah, basically that’s what it was: a stunt, a YouTube-like article.
If you want to judge for yourself, go to Veoh. The first five minutes can be viewed online. To see the entire program, the VeohTV application has to be downloaded. Then one of two things can be done: the program can be streamed or it can be downloaded (resulting in a ~716MB .AVI file!).
As this might be an unofficial placement on Veoh, act fast.