Here in the States, it’s that time of year when the children are released from their educational institutions and unleashed upon the world.
So we got to thinking about high school … See, here in the Stateland of Autostraddle, our brains are somewhat fried. It’s days like this we wish we had a tumblr — you know, where we could just post pictures and quotes and things? And as this particular post has evolved, and as we’ve looked at it and thought “Hm, this is just a wee bit totally self-indulgent,” we have made it, in its own way, into a mini-tumblr with a theme. And the theme is … High School!
What’s interesting to me is how quickly things have changed when it comes to what we saw and what we thought we could be and who we could love. Per ushe, we’re not a representative sample by any means. Enough talking … let’s go!
“I’m 28 years old, I don’t even like to look at photo albums from high school, it’s so unfortunate, like I should have been on an island from the ages of 11-21.”
-Sara Quin, Tegan & Sara
“The embrace of weirdness is actually a pretty good predictor of which women are going to find lesbianism an easy fit. The two of us like to say that we were queer years before we were gay. To be a lesbian is, by definition, to flout social conventions. Bookworm? Tomboy? Rule-Breaker? Felt like a changeling in your family? Women who answer yes to any of the above may feel instantly comfortable with the outsider status that more readily comes with that lesbian territory.”
-Van Gelder & Brandt, The Girls Next Door
“I’m a homosexual! I’m a homosexual! I’m a homosexual! Oh my god… they were right. I’m a homo!“
-Megan, But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
-Autostraddle Associate Editor Laneia
Sebastian: I read your manifesto.
Annette: You did?
Sebastian: Yes. I must say, I found it rather… appalling.
Annette: That’s a first. Most people praise me for it.
Sebastian: Most people are sheep. Who are you to criticize something you’ve never experienced?
Annette: I wasn’t criticizing. I just think people shouldn’t experience the act of love until they are in love and I just don’t think people our age are mature enough to experience those kinds of emotions.
Sebastian: Are you a lesbian?
Sebastian: I didn’t mean to offend you. I just picked up on a little bit of that lesbian vibe.
“There was a video store in town we could walk to from our boarding school and my best friend and I rented Gia and kept it for like five months — possibly we never returned it? Worth it.“
-Autostraddle CEO of Ideas Riese
“I’ve never paid as close attention to my life or anyone elses’s as I did then. How was I able to pay such attention? I remembered myself as often unhappy at Ault [boarding school], and yet my unhappiness was so alert and expectant; really, it was, in its energy, not that different from happiness.“
-Curtis Sittinfeld, Prep
–Boys Don’t Cry, 1999
“I hated most of high school. Christian boarding school my senior year was a step up.“
-Autostraddle Photoblogger Robin
“I had really long hair for the longest time & always wore it in buns or ponytails because I was a Jock. I was going to do a fancy up-do for prom but once I got to the salon I decided to chop it all off instead. I’d been toying with the idea for a while and it was obvs a part of my Subtly Convince My Friends To Tell Me That I Am Gay Because I Refuse To Come Out plan. So off it went, and I showed up to prom looking smoking hot.“
-Autostraddle Television & Technology Editor Carly
“Was I ever crazy? Maybe..or maybe life is…crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.“
–Girl Interrupted, 2000
“I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans … it’s great when you discover that you love other women.“
-Angelina Jolie to Jane Magazine, 2000
“I just hope I remember to tell my kids that they are as happy as I look in my old photographs. And I hope that they believe me.“
-Stephen Chobsky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“I took my cue from Ferris Bueller, I rarely attended class.“
-Autostraddle Web Programmer Tess
Teacher: Well, maybe if you paid attention in class instead of reading —
Claire: Well, maybe if you talked about something that was actually gonna be useful to me I would.
Teacher: Oh, algebra is useless? Mmmm. Know a lot of physicists who would disagree with you there.
Claire: Well, I don’t want to be a physicist.
–Six Feet Under, 2001
“Lesbians frequently get sidetracked by body image issues. It’s easier to give in to mandatory heterosexuality when the culture tells you sex isn’t supposed to be much fun for women anyway.
A woman can pass as heterosexual by just remaining passive; it’s not that easy for a gay man to fake a heterosexual response.“
“Instead of going to senior prom, my best friend and I stayed in and rented Carrie. True Story.“
-Autostraddle Music Editor Stef
Paulie: Lesbian? Lesbian? Are you fucking kidding me, you think I’m a LESBIAN?
Mouse: You’re a girl in love with a girl, aren’t you?
Paulie: No! I’m PAULIE in love with TORI. Remember? And Tori, she is, she IS in love with me because she is mine and I am hers and neither of us are LESBIANS!
–Lost and Delirious
-Autostraddle Business Manager Brooke (who loved high school more than anyone else, ever.)
“I mean, all the kids think I’m funny, and I don’t wanna be. I wanna be normal, I wanna start to try me, a whole person, before it’s too late –” (Carrie, 1976)
“Everybody wants to belong. Anyone who tells you they don’t is lying. I think Carrie wanted it more than any of us.” (Carrie, 2002)
“Writer/director Gurinder Chadha (What’s Cooking?) has revealed that in the original Bend it Like Beckham script, Jules and Jess were really in love. Not only was this removed, but to make sure we know that they are heterosexual, the two get in conflict with one another over a mutual attraction for their coach.”
-Autostraddle Head Designer Alex
“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.” – Virginia Woolf
“I know I had to give up some stuff to do this, but I don’t miss high school.” – Britney Spears
From Coming Out is a Bitch: An Elder Statesdyke and a Newly-Out Lesbian Talk Shop:
Pamela: I came out when I was 16, and I’m around 45 now. You just came out, right? How’d that go?
Amanda: I’m 13. At first I felt like everybody was abandoning me and everything. My best friend’s family had kind of taken me in. But when I came out they kind of just left me, and now they completely hate me. I have nobody to talk to. Three of my best friends left me and I only have one of my girlfriends left.
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world..is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”
-Lester Bangs, Almost Famous
-Michael Foucault The History of Sexuality