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Today , nobody is here for the golf. No one is here for the DJs, comedians or YouTube stars performing either. Theyre here for the girls. Butch, femme, old, young, gold stars, bi, black, white, hardcore , normcore the Dinah attracts a diverse group. Theres a sense of liberation and a tacit understanding that what happens in Dinah stays in Dinah( unless it objective up on Facebook ).
Flashing is normal, Charlotte, 24, told me. I get flashed at a lot. Random daughters pulling you into their hotel rooms are also pretty standard. One year, there was a minor earthquake in Palm Springs. Debbie, a Dinah veteran who has attended every event since 1991, recalls that half the water splashed out of the pond. Most of the girls were too drunk to realize or care.
The feeling of permissiveness is compounded by the desert scenery: it looks like there has been some sort of gaypocalypse, and all the straight men and women have died out.
I cant lie, its nice being in a predominantly female space for a few days. Theres a feeling of comfortable camaraderie; a sense of abruptly being a first-class citizen. But I feel like that comes more from the queerness rather than the femaleness. No one at the Dinah wishes a beset on all men. Despite the stereotype of the man-hating dyke, most lesbians really like humen( we need them around to ensure we dont get too confused ). The Dinah isnt about separatism; its about celebration.
Its also about scantily clad gala. Maybe all the clothes get destroyed during the gaypocalypse, because nobodys wearing much. Several opt for stickers or videotape over their nipples instead of bikini tops, and I cant assistance but think they will later regret government decisions( think: rending off a Band-aid ). Then again, so might get in the pool. There are fake eyelashes floating in the water, and I dont want to imagine what sort of bodily fluids. You cant get syphilis from a swimming pool but, for a moment, I wonder.
Syphilis, by the way, isnt something most lesbians think about much as they rack up Dinah conquerings( Never settle for a girl from day one, one daughter advised me, the day two girls are always better ). Nor are STDs in general. Its my untested hypothesis that one of the reasons the Dinah is so debauched is that it is quite difficult to get pregnant when sleeping with other women, and theres also a misperception among many lesbians that youre not at risk of STDs. Certainly its not something youre told about much; a lot of medical professionals arent trained to talk to lesbian women
about sexual health.
Another factor feeding into the debauchery, of course, is that lesbians rarely have such a large dating pool on hand. And as any economist will tell you, youre more likely to be an outrageous flirt when faced with a thick market.
Speaking of economics: firms have finally woken up to the profit margins of the margins, and the Dinah has become a lot more attractive to brands. Bacardi, Bud Lite, Smirnoff and Barefoot Wines are all big sponsors this year. Bacardi and Bud have sent teams of scantily clothed promo daughters( most of whom are straight) who hand out swag, pose for photographs and generally act a little lesbian for pay. While its normally annoying to get relentlessly advertised to, in this case its a sign of progress. Youre not a real human until youre recognized by corporate America.
The Dinah has also started to attract more big-name talent. Katy Perry and the Pussycat Dolls have all performed at the celebration. And this year, Lady Gaga popped in briefly as a guest to watch crony Katherine Moennig( known to lesbians everywhere as Shane from the L word) play a DJ set. The celebrities have raised the Dinahs profile and brought it more mainstream attention.
Vice are here this year, for example, shooting a documentary. The producer is lesbian, but its also her first Dinah and she looks a little overwhelmed.
Whats your slant? I ask her. Well, you know, were going to show all the tits and ass, she tells, as her cameraperson zooms in on only that, and then were going to show why its actually genuinely meaningful. She pauses for a moment. So far though, all weve got is the tits and ass.
Lets not downplay the tits and ass theyre meaningful in their own way. As CeeCee, a 26 -year-old Dinah newbie, told me, a lot of people dont think lesbians( that is, real human lesbians , not the male porn fictions) have any fun. People think we just sit at home in sensible shoes reading feminist hypothesi to our cats, she said. Being be permitted to strip off at the Dinah, then, is an empowering experience for a lot of women; a chance to embrace and celebrate their sexuality in a safe space.
Palm Springs: Espousing homosexuals can pay
While a lot of big brands have just been started wooing dyke dollars lately, the city of Palm Springs has long been cognizant of the economic benefits of embracing diversity. It grew to prominence in the 1930 s when closeted Hollywood movie stars would head to the desert to escape the studios scrutiny. The likes of Rock Hudson, Liberace, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich all spent hour there.
Today its estimated that almost half the population of Palm Springs are gay, and it has the highest per capita homosexual population in the US, if not the world. Its also watching a surge of interest among straight Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio recently bought a vacation home there: the Dinah Shore Palm Springs Estate.
Rob Moon, the openly lesbian mayor of Palm Springs, told me that now more than ever, the city is experiencing a tremendous renaissance and Dinah Shore Weekend has been a huge economic driver. We owe a debt of gratitude to the LGBT community for helping Palm Springs evolve into the ultra-cool, stylish and sophisticated city it is today.
As for the future of lesbian-centric events, there has been a trend of
lesbian bars shutting lately . This has been partly been blamed on apps like Tinder, which build session other homosexual people less reliant on homosexual bars. Its also been put down to more liberal attitudes; theres no longer a need for lesbian space if all space is more all-inclusive.
Will the next generation of lesbian girls feel the same need for an extended womens party? Mariah Hanson, founder of the Dinah, certainly seems to think so. Therell always be need for lesbian people to come together and congregate, she said. Our culture is unique were not part of straight culture. The Dinah is and always has been five days of incredibly magical celebration of our lives. If the UN would pay attention to whats going on at the Dinah it could change the world in a big way. People put aside their differences and go home feeling changed.
I dont know that Ban Ki-moon are required to be get the security council to strip into swimwear and grope one another. However, theres surely something affirmative and cathartic about the experience. As Leah, a DJ in Boston, told me: Its the experience that college should have been.
Its also a reminder of how much todays gay people owe to previous generations. There was a long fight for our right to party, and its not over yet. I got back from the Dinah on Tuesday morning; the same day Mississippis governor signed legislation
making discrimination against gay couples legal. Theres still a while to go before we can all really celebrate.