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Asuri Divya Asuri Lauren Elmore Writing 140 29 September 2011 A2 Maybe The Kids ARE Actually Alright! The word ‘lesbian’ often evokes thoughts of two attractive women engaging in a titillating sexual encounter. Interestingly enough, society does not necessarily expect lesbians to settle down and raise a family. Lesbian couples are frequently defined by society’s rules and are expected to abide by them. Yet, Lisa Cholodenko’s film, The Kids Are Alright , defies these expectations by proving how a married lesbian couple and their family compare to heterosexual families in that they both experience and overcome similar familial struggles. The movie follows Nic and Jules, a gay married couple, their children, Joni and Laser, and their entanglements with Paul, the sperm donor and biological father of the children. Though the movie dismantles society’s pigeonholes surrounding gay couples, it still promotes common stereotypes of relationships such as the domesticity and repetitive nature of marriage and the unpredictability and excitement of short-term relationships. Jack Halberstam, a prominent gay blogger, critiques the film and its multiple flaws in his article The Kids Aren’t Alright ! Despite his accurate observations about long term relationships versus spontaneous flings, Halberstam argues in a polarizing fashion by applying his critiques to what all types of homosexual and heterosexual relationships should or should not be like. This oversimplification weakens, more than supports, his argument that the “kids aren’t all right.” While Halberstam does argue a valid point regarding the two different types of commitments, he still tends to overgeneralize these arguments by applying them to all relationships. Long-term relationships can be described as intimate, static, and comfortable,
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Asuri while short-term relationships are more spontaneous, undefined and temporary. He makes an interesting observation of the maternal and paternal figures, saying that the movie “loads … domestic dowdiness and bourgeois complacency onto the lesbian couple and leaves the sperm donor dad in the enviable position of being…cool and casually sexual” (Halberstam). Halberstam implies that the movie should not have portrayed the lesbian couple and the single male so jarringly different. Though his comments are effective, he does not mention the fact that these parental figures are in various types of relationships. Nic and Jules are in a stable committed relationship while Paul prefers more spontaneous and temporary flings. Halberstam, blatantly disappointed by the depiction of the married couple, impractically expected both the
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