BECAUSE THERE’S MORE TO LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS THAN A U-HAUL
Though straight folks seem to have an unending supply of dating manuals and relationship guides, queer women have had fewer options (and most of them are sex guides, which, though quite useful and necessary, don’t tell you how to deal with your partner’s spendthrift ways). Here to fill that void are Curve advice columnists Lipstick & Dipstick with their new book, Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships.
If you’ve never read Lip & Dip’s advice, be forewarned: It is not for the faint of heart! As they write in the book’s Prologue about their style, “OK, there’s a lot more crass honesty than tenderness, but we do our best to soften the blows.”
Written as a dialogue between Lipstick (Gina Daggett), a self-described femme, and Dipstick (Kathy Belge), a longstanding butch (no, they are not together), the book covers everything from when to move in together and how to deal with infidelity to how to keep the love alive decades from now. Along the way, you get a heaping dose of Lip and Dip’s snarky-but-loving commentary. For example, here’s a sample from “Lipstick’s Top Ten Signs It’s Not Going to Work”:
1. She’s already figuring out ways to help you spend your trust fund.
You had to call the police on one of your dates.
You saw a Bush/Cheney sticker in her desk drawer.
Her boyfriend insists on Saturday nights. …
8. She says she’s “pretty sure” she’s gay. …
9. You overhear her tell her friends that she’s stopped taking her meds and they’re concerned.
Frighteningly realistic, eh?
If that’s not enough to convince you to give Lip & Dip a try, OK, yeah, they thanked Malinda in the Acknowledgements. Yes, Malinda likes Gina and Kathy! There, now go get your own copy.
SUBTLE TITLE, LADIES!
A reader (thanks, coque!) alerted us to the Spanish online series Chica Busca Chica (Girl Looks for Girl), which will soon be shown on Terra TV. The show was created and produced (and obviously titled) by lesbians. Here’s a promo:
Me gusto! Visit the show’s official site for more.
A new documentary called black.womyn.:conversations seeks to capture dialogue between black lesbians from all walks of life. Participants include author/artist Staceyann Chin, poet/author Cheryl Clarke, filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons, hip-hop artist Hanifah Walidah, filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, author Fiona Zedde and more.
Here are some clips:
The director and producer, Tiona M., found inspiration in her own experiences and those of her friends. The film, she told us, covers a wide variety of topics, “from coming out, sexuality and religion, on down to discrimination and homophobia.”
Postproduction on the documentary is about to wrap up, and Tiona hopes to submit the film to festivals in 2008. A DVD release is planned for next year as well. For more info, visit Tiona’s MySpace page or the film’s official blog.
FROM PINING TO GIGGLING IN A FEW STROKES OF A PEN
As a token of gratitude to Strangers in Paradise fans who check his blog even on slow news days, comic book genius Terry Moore recently posted this provocative portrait of Katchoo and Francine.
This is a dream come true for followers of the series who continued to believe in the star-crossed pair no matter how hopeless it seemed (click the image for a larger version):
If that’s what serves as a thank-you gift at Moore’s house, I’m totally going trick-or-treating there next year.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Nip/Tuck premiered Oct. 30, but offered no evidence of the lesbopalooza to come. How many times do we need to see Julian McMahon’s bare butt, exactly? Let’s hope Joely Richardson shows up next week, preferably with towheaded girlfriend in tow.
The first season of Logo’s original series The Big Gay Sketch Show will be released on DVD Nov. 7. The DVD version is unrated, so maybe little Fitzwilliam will finally get that big vagina he’s been longing for!
A new interactive web series called How Do I Say This? I’m Gay has launched on mtvU, MTV’s site for college students. The How Do I Say This? project turns questions and contributions from website users into weekly videos. The new series was inspired by an email from a college student asking for advice on coming out to her family. Check it out here.
Voting for the 2007 Weblog Awards starts today, and there are three lesbian-run blogs nominated in the LGBT category. Go vote for them now!
Don’t forget to watch the first lesbian couple to attempt The Amazing Race when the 12th season of the CBS reality series debuts this Sunday!
That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.