Pop Culture Fix: Wonder Woman Will Save Us From Patriarchal Action Movies and Other Riveting Stories

Welcome to your weekly Pop Culture fix, in which I successfully prepare microwave popcorn and then consume it on the couch while telling you about relevant Pop Culture stories.

+  Wonder Woman comes out this week and already has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has pissed off a lot of men. Success! Heather’s gonna check it out and review it for you this weekend. Here’s some background reading:

+ The trailer for Stitchers Season Three has a lesbian kiss in it! Camille apparently said once that she was bisexual but nothing has been done or said about it since, but that’s gonna change, it seems.

+ Will Game Of Thrones get its first lesbian power couple?!! And if so will somebody make a YouTube compilation of the storyline so I can watch it without having to watch the rest of this very bloody television program?

Jill Soloway: “I’m obsessed with a movement for women, people of color, queer people, and an intersectional power movement. I think about revolution all the time. How do I square that with my TV and filmmaking ambitions?”

+ The cast of Orange is the New Black would like to thank all its true fans who did not illegally download the show and instead are waiting for the premiere. IN SONG!

+ ‘BPM,’ Winner of Cannes’ Grand Prize, Is a Breathtaking Look at the Fight Against AIDS

+ TV Diversity won’t improve for the 2017 pilot season. GREAT!

+ WGN is moving in a new direction away from original programming, and ‘Underground’ will be an especially unfortunate casualty of that move. It’s getting the axe after two seasons, and Jasika Nicole has only been on it for one season so far!

+ If you’ve ever wondered which lesbian kisses a man who makes lists for The Richest will never forget, this is your lucky day: 15 Lesbian Kisses From Hollywood We’ll Never Forget. It will not surprise you that a lot of the kisses on this list involved straight women.

+ Bec Sandridge Is The Queer Aussie Singer You Need To Know

+ Will Sense8 Return For Season 3? It’s an outrageously expensive show to produce so I would not be surprised if the answer is no

+ The team of Issa Rae’s incredible HBO show “Insecure” has “four gay and lesbian writers” in it, reveals showrunner Prentice Penny in an interview with Business Insider.

That Gay Episode: ‘Roseanne’ Launches A Low-Key Gay Revolution

+ Chavela Vargas, the Queer Matriarch Latin Music Deserves

‘Will & Grace’ is returning to NBC, but LGBTQ TV has moved on

+ In an interview with The Guardian, Syd the Kid says that a lot of the backlash to her music and public statements from the gay community really bummed her out.

+ Melissa Etheridge says that Anybody Who Smokes Cannabis Is Using it Medicinally’

When Is Anime Queerbaiting? 

Love Songs About Girls To Make Your Queer Heart Soar (if you liked this you’ll probably also love 28 Gay Girl Covers Of Straight Songs Because Everything’s Better When It’s Queered)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is More Than Fiction—It’s a Dark Reminder of Slavery

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.

Riese has written 2843 articles for us.


  1. I know folks are asking for mods to delete these comments, but I actually found them interesting and useful. These are both arguments I’ve heard before (“anti-racism requires anti-Zionism”, *versus* “anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic”), but the back-and-forth here is instructive. No worries if mods feel the need to delete, just my $0.02 that I appreciate this thread.

    • I know, but being able to see it as instructive back and forth, and not the most dreadfully personal existential threat, is definitely a position of privilege.

      I’m glad you found it instructive but I’d rather be able to scroll through a discussion of Wonder Woman without having to dodge the mind-bombs in the comments.

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!