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Good media representation of lesbian relationships is sparse. I get that. But what's up with this stupid idolisation of toxic relationships?

Especially 'Tibette' is worshipped amongst the fans and I'm sitting here and wondering if I watched the same show as everyone else. I really had high hopes for the reboot, even if I didn't care for the new cast. I was interested if they will manage to rectify they mistakes from the past. But instead of doing that, they totally doubled down. Including a TIF, selling a TIM as 'cis woman' (no offence to the actor, he almost looks convincing) and doubling down on the toxic relationships that plagued the show years ago.

Good media representation of lesbian relationships is sparse. I get that. But what's up with this stupid idolisation of toxic relationships? Especially 'Tibette' is worshipped amongst the fans and I'm sitting here and wondering if I watched the same show as everyone else. I really had high hopes for the reboot, even if I didn't care for the new cast. I was interested if they will manage to rectify they mistakes from the past. But instead of doing that, they totally doubled down. Including a TIF, selling a TIM as 'cis woman' (no offence to the actor, he almost looks convincing) and doubling down on the toxic relationships that plagued the show years ago.

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Yes, The L Word has a place in my heart because when it originally aired, there was almost nothing for lesbian representation that wasn't incredibly depressing. And there was nothing about lesbians who were out and confident and unapologetically lesbian. We have a lot better representation now so I feel like the show really comes off as addicted to toxic relationships. It's complete drama. Though I do enjoy Gigi/Dani. That's all I watch. I tried watching other things, but the trans content, Bette having apparently not grown up, the poly relationship, the constant cheating, etc. is too much this time around.

Having a TiM act as a woman and pairing him up with "the" lesbian in the show is absolutely on purpose and it's upsetting. And they have a lot of trans content, though rewatching the original, I was surprised how much I had forgotten about the trans content in there too. I guess I just compartmentalized it out because honestly the storyline was awful.