Pop Culture Fix: The L Word’s Back and Everyone Sure Does Have an Opinion About It

Hey welcome to your first post-Generation Q pop culture fix. So many straight critics with opinions about lesbians this week! Here’s an actual lesbian with an opinion about it!

+ The Miss Universe contest has its first openly gay contestant. (Also, semi-related from NYT: Black women reign at beauty pageants.)

+ Kate Moennig chatted with Vulture about Shane’s legacy, coming to terms with her own sexuality on the set of The L Word, and how Leisha Hailey knew she was gay the moment she met her.

+ Also: Making Shane: An Oral History of The L Word’s Resident Heartbreaker

+ Also: Jennifer Beals and the Perennial Urgency of The L Word

+ Also: Generation Q shows that lesbians can be fashion forward

+ Also: The most ridiculous outfits on The L Word 

+ Lizzo is Time‘s Entertainer of the Year and the USWNT is Time’s Athlete of the Year.

+ Shadow and Act’s top 60 Black films of the decade includes excellent placement for Pariah and Moonlight!


+ An immigrant rights group is demanding fucking ICE restore the detention hotline that was shit down after it was featured in the last season of Orange Is the New Black

+ Fortune Feimster is finally getting her own Netflix comedy special


+ The trailer for the new season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is appropriately spooky

+ How Shondaland changed the way we think about abortion on TV

+ Timothée Chalamet, Harry Styles, and lesbian imagery

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. How many times to I need to watch the Wonder Woman trailer to be able to time-travel to summer 2020? Because otherwise I’m not sure I can wait a whole 6ish months for the film to come out.

    • Depends which time zone you’re in, but try 102844 times from the time I write this comment and you should be close to Summer 2020

  2. The article about lesbian imagery was interesting. I think I remember reading somewhere, that Curt Cobain was very influenced in his style by his (or Courtney’s?) lesbian, flannel-wearing friends.

    • The Vulture article with Kate Moennig was so good and surprisingly open? For the fact that Kate was always so private and closed, this was very refreshingly honest and very interesting. I never knew she wasn’t out when they started the L word back then – I mean, well, I knew she wasn’t public out but I thought she was out for herself earlier than that.

        • No problem! I also only recently found out about Kate Moenning discovering herself through the L word. Good for her!

  3. The hotline that was shit down. An appropriate typo!

    Also, there are so many articles in this post I want to read. Where to begin!

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