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The Facts of Life, lesbian idyll

I watched a few FOL episodes recently and couldn't believe how thinly veiled its lesbian overtones were. They start out in a boarding school but go on to establish what's basically a commune. They make a pretense of leaving to visit family around the holidays but always gravitate back to each other due to "missed flights" or "bad weather." Tootie and Natalie are inseparable, and the steamy Lo/Blair sexual tension is well already well documented. Cloris Leachman shows up with her feminine son, who is clearly the product of artificial insemination, to show the other women how to be same sex parents. And there are almost NO MEN except for George Clooney, fictional off screen boyfriends like Snake, and rapists (both Natalie and Jo are attacked). There is even an ultra-masculine baby dyke who is mentored by the ladies in later seasons. This show was the original L Word.

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