This is your Pop Culture Fix and I am this week’s host. This week is a good week because the sun is finally shining in New York City and also because two of my favorite/two of the most feminist TV shows return to my loving arms. Yes, my friends, it’s time once again for Orphan Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (Females are strong as hell.)
+ Amandla Stenberg is on her way to NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts, and so she went ahead and uploaded the film that got her in. It’s called Blue Girls Burn Fast. It sure is queer. It’s got some snappy dialogue. And it’s very film school.
+ Guess who else made you a movie? It’s St. Vincent! Well, she’s in the process of it at least. She has written and plans to direct a feminist horror film that will be part of a female-helmed anthology that includes “four deadly tales by four killer women.” I wonder if she knows any queer actresses she could cast as the lead.
+ Gawker’s io9 is alsp now marveling at The 100’s queer fandom, and giving some mainstream attention to femslash fan fiction. (Don’t read the comments.)
And this conversation, which is coming to dominate the TV criticism conversation, is happening because of the tiny migratory fandom that didn’t shut up, and instead got smarter and savvier with their complaints. Femslash has come a long way from The Facts of Life.
+ Raven’s back on Black-ish tonight. Her first appearance as Dre’s lesbian sister (whom everyone in the family thought just lived with her lady mechanic) was fantastic, so obviously I can’t wait to see her again. I’ll have a full report for you in Friday’s Boob(s On Your) Tube.
+ Cece’s former girlfriend, Megan Fox, is coming back to New Girl next season because yes, indeed, it has been renewed.
Famous Queers, Out and About
+ Evan Rachel Wood Bisexual talked to Marie Claire about being bisexual.
Personally, I’ve been very open about my bisexuality because I was terrified growing up and felt very alone. There are misconceptions—a lot of people think that you’re confused if you’re bisexual. They want you to be either gay or straight. And there’s bi-phobia in the straight community, as well as in the LGBT community, which breaks my heart. There’s nothing more frustrating than people who fight against bigotry and closed-mindedness and then turn around and subject other people to the same things. Like fragrance, sexuality is just a really personal thing.
(The article is also about perfume. I forgot to mention that part. That fragrance analogy really threw you, huh?)
“I feel strongly about everything, especially anything that relates to girlhood. I think girls and people of color get more representation on TV than they do on film. I want to make sure girls are carrying their own narratives—we’re not just a side thing.”
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