ADD LESBIANS AND STIR
People magazine’s Nov. 19th issue features Iron Chef Cat
Cora with her partner, Jennifer, and their sons Zoran, 4, and Caje, 6 months,
along with her
grandmother’s mustard recipe and Thanksgiving dinner tips.
In other casual-lesbian-inclusion news, AfterEllen.com reader Vanessa tipped
me off to this Washington
Post story about out author M. Sindy Felin, whose National
Book Award-nominated young-adult novel Touching
Snow is described by the Post as "a cringe-inducing novel
about domestic abuse within a Haitian American family in the suburbs of New
York." I haven’t read it myself, but I’m intrigued by any novel that begins
with the line, "The best way to avoid being picked on by high school bullies
is to kill someone."
The Post article notes in the opening paragraph that Felin is pregnant with
triplets, and mentions "Scarlett Anderson, her partner of nearly 15 years"
on the second page, noting that the two women met at a club in D.C. in 1993.
Later, the article mentions that Felin knew she was attracted to girls at age 11.
Like Cat Cora and her family in People, it’s refreshing to see Felin’s
partner and her sexual orientation integrated so naturally into the story, without it being the focus. But it makes me suspicious. Two articles in one week
that don’t demonize, sensationalize or desexualize lesbians? What’s next, a
prominent three-dimensional lesbian character on a prime-time broadcast network TV show?
Nah, that’ll never happen. At least not this year.
LESBIAN QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I’m going to figure out a way to do a show out here in my blogville. I
really think it’s the next way, anyway. Who the hell wants to work with a company
with three letters that’s just going to get mad if you tell people what you’re
doing? I don’t know."
— Rosie O’Donnell on her vlog this week, about doing
an online talk show rather than another one on broadcast television.
NOW THIS IS A REMAKE OF THE BIONIC WOMAN I WOULD WATCH!
Game channel G4 did a re-envisioning of the Bionic Woman as Lesbionic
Woman. It’s like a Jaime Sommers-Sarah Corvus fight scene, but with kissing!
From waking up in the hospital bed wearing flannel to fighting crime by seducing
the female villain, this two-and-a-half minute video is more entertaining than
all 40 minutes of your average Bionic Woman episode. How sad is that?
Someone please send this to the Bionic Woman writers — maybe
it will inspire them to go in a new creative direction with Jaime Sommers. If
nothing else, it will give them something to talk about while they walk the