Riese’s Team Pick: Julie Goldman in BONES Season Finale

Last night was the season finale of a popular television program called BONES. My Mom says it’s about a forensic anthropologist who works at the Smithsonian and also works with the FBI to solve mysteries that involve bones. Also “the woman who’s pregnant is bisexual and had a lesbian love affair with someone in college” and “there’s a whole murder-mystery book series.” More importantly, somewhere around the 35 minute mark the role of “mannish lesbian” is played by none other than Autostraddle’s very own JULIE GOLDMAN.

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Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. 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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  1. Thank you for the shout out. I really appreciate the support – this was very sweet and thoughtful and made me feel really good…GOsh Riese! BUt really – Can you believe this shit? Now – lets Hope TINA WINSTON, Mannish Woman ( literal description of the character) gets a spinoff called. “LEZ’ n OUT”. Imagine – TINA WINSTON – Captain of the “Fur Burgler” bowling team and Crime Solving Vigilante. During the day she bowls strikes and keep the team together and at night – The all female team including “Mancy ” The Transexual Telepath Shape Shifter, and “Hopper Mcleary” – The one legged Lesbian Vietnam vet who pilots the Helicopter – solve unsolved crimes against women and kill the men perps in secret. Its a dream. But I think Hollywood is ready.

  2. Grr, I can’t see it because of international content restrictions, damn you Hulu! However, congratulations Julie, I am sure you played the role of “mannish lesbian” with your usual suaveness and class :)

  3. It’s about time something good happned on bones. My brother makes me watch its with him and I would have missed Julie if he didn’t say “hey you know her”.
    me: Yes, adam I know every lesbian, everywhere.
    brother: She is on autoscrabble. (I dont know why he calls it auto scrabble but whatever)

    Anyway good job julie :)

  4. I watched this with my dad last night, and when I saw Julie Goldman I got really excited and then had to attempt to explain to my father who this person was. As expected, he was confused.

  5. I haven’t watched this show in a year or two. Then discovered AS. Then idolized Julie Goldman. Watched two minutes of the show that happened to contain JG [fate!]. Then somewhat shouted OMG THAT’S JULIE GOLDMAN! Drew questions from mom, “who is that?” Answer “She’s a [super mega awesome foxy hilarious] comedian.” Scuttle into other room and bask in hilarity of life.

  6. I watched that ep this morning and squeaked “It’s Julie!” really loudly when she came on screen. There were some people over at our house to pick up the generator they’d bought from us and everyone looked at me weird. Whatever. They’re just not cool enough to know what’s what.

  7. Thank GAWDDESS for you, Autostraddle! I saw this hot butch and was like “WHO ARE YOU?!” Because butches are basically the unicorns of television. or maybe the loch ness monster. Anyway. For some stupid reason, she’s not listed on the IMDB episode page.

  8. Dammit Hulu!! Video access shouldn’t have boundaries. This is the internet. I have to pay for the internet, why shouldn’t that count?

    Yay for Julie! Wish I could watch this. (someone upload this to youtube please!!)

  9. My family has been following this show for a long time, and I was so infuriated over the episode the androgynous researcher, but I just so happened to be in the room when this came on and I was all “HOLY SHIT IT’S JULIE GOLDMAN” and my family was all “Okay, honey, that’s…great?”

    I feel like everybody on Autostraddle has one of these stories now.

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