Am I allowed to like Valentine’s Day?
Date: February 13, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity GeeA dilemma: I’m a feminist. Am I allowed to like the “patriarchal nonsense” that is Valentine’s Day? The answer: I sure as hell am, if I want to. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays — I show loved ones that I care, and it’s not for a holiday or because society dictates that Continue reading
Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media
Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: TaraI have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading
A picture worth a thousand words for trans representation
Date: July 9, 2014 | Posted By: Blog ManagerThis image of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock — both trans women of color — brought a smile to my face today. Cox is an actress and transgender advocate, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Sophia on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. Mock is an advocate, author and the founder Continue reading
Crash course in the Vito Russo Test
Date: October 9, 2013 | Posted By: MollyI was recently speaking to a friend of mine about the Bechdel Test and I asked whether or not there was a Bechdel equivalent for LGBTQ movie analysis. She said she thought that there must be, and after some research, I quickly came across the answer: the Vito Russo Test. Both the Bechdel Test and Continue reading
Orange is the New Black, white, straight, gay, and everything in between
Date: September 5, 2013 | Posted By: SarahI’m extremely skeptical about television. I don’t have cable because, save for Breaking Bad, I’m generally not interested. So when I first saw the ads for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I was quick to write it off as a scripted and gimmicky tale of a white girl in prison. But after watching it, I Continue reading
All bi-myself: bi-erasure in the media
Date: August 19, 2013 | Posted By: MollyAbout a month ago, I came across this article at Huffington Post. Disregard the actual article for a moment and check out the slideshow at the bottom: “Celebrity LGBT Families.” I clicked through the pictures and was surprised to find that the final two were about bisexual women. As a bisexual woman myself, who is Continue reading
JC Penney and Gap lead the way in gay/lesbian advertising – but have we reached true inclusivity?
Date: June 5, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyMy friends, there’s no denying it: the political and social landscape of 21st century America is changing rapidly. On May 9, President Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage, becoming the first American President to do so. On Saturday the 19th, the NAACP followed suit. These drastic endorsements in the political realm are significant milestones for Continue reading
Lesbian storylines make a desperate grab for Sweeps Week TV ratings
Date: December 13, 2011 | Posted By:Sweeps Week, the week(s) during the television season when Nielsen ratings data is collected (most recently at the end of November), is not known for quality. What it is known for are live episodes, celebrity cameos, character deaths, cliffhangers, and of course, the infamous shark jump. But beyond these trivial stunts, a disturbing trend has Continue reading
Policing gender…on ice!
Date: March 11, 2010 | Posted By:Here in my hometown of Vancouver the main part of the Olympic Games might be over, but people are still talking about it. During the Games I was fortunate enough to attend three figure skating practice sessions. I’m a huge figure skating fan, but getting to follow its biggest event so closely made me think Continue reading
I’ve heard “I Kissed a Girl,” and I REALLY don’t like it
Date: July 8, 2009 | Posted By:Anyone who listens to the radio or is remotely up to date with today’s music has unfortunately grown accustomed to lyrics that offend, degrade, or sexualize women. Nonetheless, nothing prepared me for Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” when I heard it on the radio last summer. It’s been nearly a year since I first Continue reading