Pop Culture Fix: The Handmaiden’s Explicit Lesbian Sex Scenes, Am I Right? Ladies?

+ “The explicit lesbian sex scenes in The Handmaiden rival those of Blue Is the Warmest Color (translation: they’d probably give my dear Korean grandparents a heart attack), but if it did scandalize, it didn’t hurt box office sales in Korea.” Meanwhile, Pajiba describes the film as “the lesbian gothic psychosexual romantic thriller of our dreams.” Here’s the trailer:

+ Christine Friar saw Kristen Stewart’s new movie Certain Women and it inspired her to cut her hamburger in half. Also, Armond White saw Certain Women and says its “most effective moments” ‘have a push-pull expression of womanly — even lesbian — loneliness.”

+ “Fish Without Bicycles,” a comedy/drama about a lesbian couple who are both pregnant under different circumstances, will star Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay and David Tennant.

FINALLY here’s that lesbian vampire story that came before Dracula that you’ve been looking for!

+ Madeline West, a fictional mother of six fictional children on British TV show The Wrong Girl, will be coming out as a lesbian in tonight’s episode, which The Daily Mail says is “part of a dramatic plot twist.”


+ S.E. Hinton insists that The Outsiders are not gay lovers. This is fair, because they are actually genderqueer & lesbian lovers.

+ Check out these hot pics from the Gilmore Girls reboot.

+ Chely Wright talks to People Magazine about reconciling with her estranged Mom in hospice care, which inspired her new album.

Regarding “Keeping Up With The Jonses”: “The movie’s use of lesbian “tension” to titillate and amuse, culminating in an especially depressing girl-on-girl kiss, feels dated and desperate.”

+ Valerie Anne recaps ALL THE SUPERHERO SHOWS for you.

+ “Masters of Sex” killed a lesbian character, surprise!

We liked “The First Girl I Loved” and now, today, THIS VERY DAY, it can be yours! On iTunes!

21 Fall TV Shows that are giving queer women some screen time.

+ Regarding speculation as to whether Will on Stranger Things is gay or not, the actor who plays Will on Stranger Things says “Will being gay or not is besides the point.”

+ Betsy Wolfe and Tracie Thoms (who played Joanne in the movie version of RENT) are playing “the lesbians next door” in the Broadway revival of Falsettos and well they are just FABULOUS at it. They are just knocking it out of the park, those two.

+ Hannah Hart’s Buffering sounds really good and you know what, one of these days Heather is gonna hear back from Hannah’s publicist and you’ll be able to read about it right here on Autostraddle dot com. PRAY TO THE BIRDS FOR US.

+ Idina Menzel talks to The Georgia Voice almost entirely about gay stuff. Apparently she’s playing CC Bloom in a Lifetime remake of Beaches? I hope you do me right, Lifetime!

+ Le Tigre made a music video for Hillary Clinton, I think that’s who they’re all voting for. HERE WATCH:

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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