Lesbian.com and the problem with the Lesbian Profit Margin:
Watching the trajectory of the Lesbian.com website we can see in microcosm some of the forces aligning against a contemporary lesbian (female same-sex loving) politic and community. Namely, the lack of financial profit to be earned by representing Lesbians. We see the same forces play out in other groups that purport to represent lesbians but actually represent anti-lesbian and anti-female interests. Like the National Center for Lesbian Rights which was founded by lesbians and for lesbians but now directs its resources to male causes and concerns, many of which are in direct opposition to lesbian and female interests, while still promoting itself as a lesbian-centric organization. And GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation which now represents male interests only, and where lesbians and women not only lack representation but whose concerns are actively ignored. And The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force who only had ONE workshop out of 350 dedicated to specifically female or lesbian concerns at their 2012 Creating Change conference. And Planned Parenthood, who now sponsors seminars for heterosexual males on how to break through the “cotton ceiling”: the “barrier” men face when trying to have sex with women who are lesbian and who do not desire sexual relations with males. That’s right! Planned Parenthood now sponsors seminars for males who feel lesbians “discriminate” against them by eschewing sex with males. Stranger than fiction?
These are our “advocates”. These are the organizations that lesbians and women have built and supported, organizations who are now devoted to working against the interests of lesbians. And why? Money. Dollars. And lesbians just don’t have any. We lend our name to something, we work and advocate, and the money takes over. Male money.
And who is being purchased? Women and lesbians. Who in the LGBT can’t afford to refuse that money? If the Lesbian.com example serves as a template, it’s women and Lesbians.
People that desperately need money= women. All women have a price on our heads. For servitude, for compliance, enslavement, abuse, for our bodies and sexual selves, for our lives which are measured in sexual dollars. You can buy a woman for less than the cost of a used car. You can have her shipped to you.
The price for the Lesbian.com domain is high. A quarter of a million dollars. Why? Because men have money and want to buy it. Why? Because they can sell lesbians (or the pornified male-interpreted re-made marketed images of what they think we are ) to other men for profit. And who is selling Lesbian.com to men? Women. Women who want money.
The Lesbian.com domain was purchased in 1995 by Sue Beckwith, who claims she saw the future and wanted to protect the domain against pornographic males and right-wing anti-gay and anti-women males. But she realized –as any woman does- that these men would pay a pretty penny for access to a space that most would recognize as being lesbian. Lesbian marketing is profitable- TO MEN. – and so Sue and partner Mel always kept the Lesbian.com domain free and tried to make bank off lesbians instead – they redirected all clicks (100,000 a month to hear them tell it) to a lame-ass site at “lesbianvoices.com” where they tried to force lesbians to pay $20. to post on the site. Haha! Whut? Hello? Internet = free, duh. Bad plan there. But they tried to gouge women anyway. No one bought, women just got depressed looking at the shitty site.
And so failing to make bank off lesbians Mel Braman and her partner Sue Beckwith first offered the Lesbian.com domain to male pornographers in 2006, for 2 million dollars. “The owners of the website Lesbian.com issued a press release on April 5 stating that the domain name is for sale, with a minimum requested bid of US$2 million.” No one met their price. More recently they are offering a cut-rate 250,000. And still no buyers. Why? Well hey. This is why. YOUR SITE IS NO LONGER PROFITABLE TO MEN. AND WOMEN HAVE NO MONEY. And any women who DO have money are not stupid enough to waste it on your domain.
Why have Lesbian.com when you can have “lickin lesbos.whatev” and “lesbianpornmovies.juicy” and “lesbianvalley.org” and whateverthefuck else?
Google made a change, which undermined Lesbian.com’s planned paydirt. They separated porn from LGBT activist sites. Go figure! Awwwww.. bummer. A few years ago if you googled “lesbian” you would be subjected to page after page of porn. Unfortunately for Lesbian.com, Google initiated changes to their service and also, Awwwwww, the porn designation “.xxx” (as opposed to “.com”) was initiated last year. So Awwwww….that Lesbian.com site is NO LONGER VALUABLE to “the menz”, except for a few male sexual fetishists that get off fancying themselves “real” lesbians ( like the idiots at LezGetReal).
Lesbian.com could have been an INVALUABLE resource for women. A PRICELESS resource. A resource WITHOUT MEASURE. A place for love and care and sisterhood for female loving females. But never a pay-off. Never would have paid!
Awwww, sorry Lesbian.com. Your porn payoff is no more. All you can do now is try to frighten some rich-ass lesbian into buying your site for more money than fifteen lesbians make a year to avoid the embarrassment of being further degraded, but hey, they would be a fool to buy. A quarter million dollars can make an awful lot of changes if carefully placed. Any lesbian would be a FOOL to place that money in your lame site. NO women would pay that money to a domain directed at UNPROFITABLE POOR WOMEN. Lesbians won’t pay a quarter mil when that money is better served elsewhere, and THE VALUE OF YOUR SITE TO PORNOGRAPHERS is GONE. Maybe one of them will pay a few dimes still, but hey the number one rule in exploitation is NOT LOSING MONEY. Awwwwwwww….. sorry honz. Just keep trying to milk that cow with no milk until it kicks ya. Lol. You could have used that site to help women find each other, but no, you had to make a buck. AND NOW THAT BUCK IS GONE. Buh-bye!