Last week, Essex University published research which claims most women are either bisexual or gay but “never straight.” This week, we remember 7 supposedly straight female characters who shifted our expectations
1) Samantha Jones in Sex and the City
2) Rachel Green in Friends
In The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss, Rachel revealed she’d shifted her housemate Melissa (Winona Ryder) during their senior year of college. When Rachel ran into Melissa years later in Central Park, the two agreed to meet up for dinner. Over the course of the evening, Melissa admitted to being in love with Rachel and memorably the night ended with a queer-resistible kiss (although mostly so Rach could prove she was wild enough to kiss a girl.)
4) XENA in Xena Warrior Princess
6) Ally and Ling in Ally McBeal
In 1999, in an episode entitled Buried Pleasures, Lucy Liu’s character Ling has an erotic dream about Ally. She tells Ally and the two flirt with the idea of having a sexual relationship with each other. After a few days of humming and hawing, they go on a date and end up scoring. Though both characters admitted they enjoyed the kiss, they concluded that what they really wanted out of a relationship was “a penis.”
7) Julia Salinger in Party of Five
Before she made homo-headlines in Wild Things, Neve Campbell explored her bi-side in Party of Five. Julia had just ended her relationship with physically abusive boyfriend Ned when she fell for visiting English professor, Perry Marks. When Julie learnt Perry was a lesbian, it was only a matter of time before their lips locked.
Despite being one of the most dyk-onic scenes of the show, the producer John Romano was quick to insist that Julia is not a lesbian: “It’s almost wrong to call it a lesbian affair,” Romano said. “Julia isn’t harboring any secret lesbian feelings, and she doesn’t even think that way.”
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