Tagged under "shane" (8)
|The L Word Gets Back to Basics in Season Six.|
I’m hung over on a Monday morning, which can only mean the new season of The L Word has begun. This being a final season hang over, you will have to bear with me through this. I woke up this morning with a vague recollection of last night’s premiere. Apparently Jenny got shot? Who saw that one coming huh? As riveting as that whole plot line insists it is, what drew me into last nights episode was it’s refreshing renewed commitment to the basics of lesbian politics.
First we check back in with the ol’ standards Bette and Tina. Remember how they have a child? Being one of the only portrayals of lesbian parenting on television, Bette and Tina have been shouldered the responsibility of showing the world that two mom’s are better than one. However, counting the number of times baby Angelica is onscreen during prior seasons would amount to the slowest drinking game on the books. Season six delivers a Bette and Tina who have left their philandering ways behind in order to play socio-political lesbian parents. I for one was thrilled to see Bette give the ER receptionist an ear full when confusion ensued over how many mommies Angelica had, reminding us that indeed, Bette IS black and that lesbian parenting IS hard.
Activism covered by Bette, left Shane, Jenny and that other girl to explore another stalwart of the lesbian condition, the “best friends meet the girl who comes between triangle”. It seems Shane feels real bad that she’s Shane all of a sudden since this time the victim of her faux butch stylings is her dear friend Jenny. Although tuff Shane only likes t-shirts and heterosexual women, she is a delicate flower inside who feels terrible for coming between Jenny and her poor choice in women. I’m ready for Shane to get over it. Sorry Shane, you’re gay. It’s your birthright, and furthermore, you’re responsibility to fight anyone over a girl, especially your best friend.
Now Tasha and Alice, they’re in the middle of the classic “we can’t let go of this relationship even though we aren’t happy together so we’re just going to flirt with other women to see who breaks first”. Oh and I’m sorry, Papi’s back? Um…okay? Anyway, Alice got caught flirtin’ which demanded a riveting “Sure I took her number but I’m not going to call her.” performance from Leisha Hailey. That relationship has nowhere to go but down. But I’ll watch Leisha go any which way, thank you. Yes, it was a treat to see 44 minutes of revolutionary programming jam packed with the true to life perils of lesbian life. We’ve missed you so ladies, welcome back.
Tagged on January 19, 2009
New season. New faces. New territory. The L Word is back as the biggest dyke drama... aside from your own.
Tagged on July 10, 2008
|The Girls of Los Angeles|
Los Angeles by far has the biggest selection of women. Lipsticks, dykes, bois, girls-next-door, you name it. Already a highly fashionable town, it is actually quite hard to distinguish a lesbian in a non-gay setting. Everyone, gay and straight, dress indifferent from their sexual preference. Only those who don stereotypical lesbian attire as seen on television or in magazines will be classified by sight. Otherwise every girl is up for questioning. Of course there are tons of “Shane” look-alikes, but as diverse as Los Angeles is, that appearance has to be elected a trend and not a lifestyle.
Within the lesbian surroundings you can recognize the cliques that make up the scene. The Shane-esque girls enjoy the eastside, Silverlake, Echo Park areas and tend to encase themselves with girls akin to their personalities. There are a few who do associate with the elitist groups, also known here in Los Angeles as the lipstick lesbians. Don’t count your chickens though, a small percentage of these girls are bisexual, not completely on our team. The glamour girls could fit just as well in a swanky Hollywood jet setting nightclub or at Truckstop. You will also find hipsters at the ultra-hip, under the radar, lesbian parties. These girls can throw anything on and be as fashionable as if in a run-way show with the newest and hottest looks.
There is also a fraction of lesbians that fall in between the cracks of distinction. You can’t classify them as dykes, you can’t classify them as lipsticks, but they contribute to the collective as a whole. These girls take care of their appearance, although don’t dress to the nines, nor do they acquire a choppy haircut. These are the girls who are comfortable wearing converse when painting the town red. Comparison to “The L Word” crew, you may say Alice or Dana could be adequately equated in this category. Yet Alice has had some weird changes in her appearance lately, more swaying to the higher fashion, lipstick end.
It is not however the city that makes a lesbian nation. Everyone can subsist in and have their very own “L Word” existence, right in your very own assembly of friends. The drama will be identical, the hook-ups will be identical and the lust for love, passion and friendship will be identical. You can discover these facets anywhere you live. Los Angeles only provides a backdrop with more opportunities and more women who are proud and free with themselves and with their sexualities.
Tagged on May 20, 2008