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+ The Handmaid’s Tale Season Three trailer is here! Guess what, it’s gonna be kinda dark, but Serena Joy and June are gonna, at some point, be smoking by a pool together, so.
+ Kristen Stewart told ABC News that she felt a “huge responsibility” to define her sexuality but “sees a shift” in culture that has allowed young people to accept more fluidity in gender and sexuality:
“I felt this huge responsibility, like one that I was really genuinely worried about, if I wasn’t able to say one way or the other, then was I sort of like forsaking a side. The fact that you don’t have to now is like so much more truthful.”
+ Suranne Jones, who plays Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, hired a lesbian “intimacy expert,” Ita O’Brien, to help her with the lesbian sex scenes, recalling:
“I was quite nervous about the sex scenes we had to do, because I thought they should be approached as sensitively as they could be. One of the great things she brought was an articulacy – we could talk about the scenes. She just started talking about body parts and positions in a matter of fact way, which just liberated us all.”
+ A beautifully scathing indictment: Norman Lear and Rita Moreno on ‘One Day at a Time’ and the Agony of Death By Data at Netflix (Guest Column)
But something is missing if that is the only criterion for survival of a show, the only data point, the only litmus test. Perhaps media has gone the way of managed care — the focus no longer patient and doctor, but bottom line.
+ ‘Boomerang,’ ‘Special,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Bosses Talk State of Queer Representation on TV: An incredible conversation that includes people like Ryan O’Connell, Lauren Morelli, Our Lady J and Joanna Johnson.
+ Rich Juzwiak talks to Ani DiFranco about her new memoir: Ani DiFranco Is Tired of Talking About Herself (So Here She Goes Again)
+ Musician Clairo Is Getting Comfortable Being ‘Not Straight’: I’m still not really sure what my sexuality is, but I do know that it’s not straight
+ Did you know that we have an L Word podcast now? WELL WE DO and it’s really great, everybody loves it, everybody’s doing it, check it out: “To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 104: Longing