Monday, February 27, 2017

Dispatches From the Queer Resistance (No. 2)

As I've written previously, with exit polls showing LGBT voters overhwhelmingly casting votes for Hillary Clinton (77%) in Election 2016, it is no surprise that LGBT people across all identity groups are both under attack from and resisting the Trump regime in various ways.

Over at Shakesville, I've written another semi-regular update on that front.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lost: Imagine Me and You

In the constellation of femslash fan videos, one of my favorite categories is "fake trailers of the movie Imagine Me & You, with other fandom pairings envisioned as the lead romance."

I think Imagine Me & You was a decent queer women's film. (Lena Heady!! *sigh*)

My main critique is that it seems to cater a bit too much to the heterosexual eye. I believe there are maybe two Luce/Rachel kissing scenes, while it feels like a full third of the movie is spent developing the storyline in which we learn what a great guy the heterosexual man, Hector, is for letting his wife go follow her heart to be with a woman.

Which, good for him. But, I'd rather the women's romance be central. In my fake version of Imagine Me & You, it pends about 10 seconds on Hector and we have about 13 more lady make-out scenes. Would that be too much to ask? I think not.

Today's fan vid is the Imagine Me & You trailer: paring Kate/Claire from Lost.



Happy Femslash February by the way. Is anyone celebrating? And, if so, how and what are you reading?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quote of the Day: bell hooks

Bust recently ran an interview with bell hooks, discussing the 2016 Election and where we go from here. I'd recommend all of it, but would like to highlight a well-made critique of progressive institutions:
"Bernie Sanders isn’t saying anything about feminist politics. He’s not integrating any kind of feminist politics into his vision. I think the important thing is that we see this as the continuum of patriarchal power reasserting itself, and not as though Trump invented it or makes it possible—because it has been there. It’s been there, in Hillary Clinton’s husband and all of these men—except that Hillary Clinton’s husband and Barack Obama became the benevolent patriarchs. They’re the patriarchal men we can love."
I think this is what some Bernie fans don't get. Bernie is pro-choice and supports equal pay for women, but a deeper feminist, intersectional analysis seems to be largely missing as he focuses much of his discourse on railing against Wall Street and money in politics.

But.

Reproductive rights are an economic issue, in that both being pregnant and having a child have significant economic consequences for the person who is pregnant.

Running as an anti-establishment candidate and yet visiting the Pope in the midst of one's campaign, is an action with potential economic consequences for the women and LGBT people who are harmed by the validation of the Catholic Church's teachings on female subordination, leadership, and anti-LGBT bigotry.

Failing to connect with black voters while claiming to be starting a revolution, is an economic issue if if the revolution's leader does not consider that black voters might experience "revolution" differently than white voters.

Banking on unexamined white male privilege against a woman who was held to much higher standards than any man is an economic issue that many women experience in having to be vastly more qualified than male competitors in the job market.

Progressives celebrating the Barack/Joe "bromance" memes while refusing to see Hillary Clinton as anything other than History's Greatest Monster also represents an economic issue in that women seeking power are so rarely seen as likeable, which thus becomes a reason to deny us the position of power we seek.

Issues like these represent a fundamental divide on the left that won't go away just because people order other people to stop re-litigating the Democratic Primary.  It is a divide among those who understand that people with different identities often live under different conditions in society versus those who think there might be a universal solution to society's ills regardless of identity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recap: Supergirl 1.19 "Myriad"

Uh-oh. Something serious is going down in National City. Last week, it looked like humans were put under a mysterious trance. Now, we see that the trance extends to the DEO and that Non is responsible. Specifically, he orders Lucy and Agent "Alex's Ex" Vasquez to release all of the aliens from the Bad Alien Jail.

Evil Agents
Luckily, Supergirl shows up to stop them, but with all the humans in a trance and Alex and Hank still on the lam, it seems she's on on her own.

Desperate for help, she flies to Antarctica (or wherever) to the Fortress of Solitude to see if the robot-thingy that lives there will tell her where Superman is so he can come help straighten this shit out. Apparently, Superman is taking care of business elsewhere in the galaxy. However, she does learn that the trance is called Myriad, and Astra created it as a form of mind control. It harvests people's brainpower to solve global problems like environmental destruction. So, the ends justify the means. Or not.

Howdy Minion!
Supergirl then flies to CatCo where she sees that James and Winn are also under the trance. (It's creepy). HOWEVER, Cat obliviously walks into the office talking about how she won't date Harrison Ford because he's an older, married man (he he) and, more importantly, she's apparently not under the trance. It's just Supergirl and Cat. All alone in the world. *sigh*

On the Non front, we see that Indigo is back in action. Her first order of business is to convince Non to kill Supergirl. So, she's still awful. And so is Non, of course.

Non's gonna Non.
Speaking of awful, Max Lord also shows up at CatCo unaffected by the trance. He apparently created "ion blockers" because he had Myriad all figured out, because of course he did. Max had learned that Non was using his satellites to transmit the mind control waves, but he didn't share this info with anyone because he doesn't trust the government. We also learn that Max sent Cat a pair of "ion blocker" earrings so she wouldn't be affected by Myriad, and there is *deep breath, deep breath* a brief moment of subtext between them that shall never be mentioned again (blerrrrrgh).

Max has a plan to defeat Myriad, which involves detonating a bomb that would kill Non and about 300,000 innocent humans, which he justifies by saying it's better than having Myriad spread to Earth's entire population. The President okays Max's plan, but Supergirl doesn't. And, she needs to come up with a better plan ASAP.

Speaking of which, Cat and Supergirl have one of their Iconic Balcony Moments. Cat gives Supergirl an inspiring speech about how she shouldn't let fear be her guide right now, because hope is stronger than fear. She then says she believes that Supergirl can change the people of National City, not with violence, but by "being Supergirl." I know that sounds really vague in an "it is what it is" kinda way, but the speech must have worked because by the end of it, Supergirl is like, "Thanks Cat, that gives me an idea."

"Since the world is ending, we better be honest with each other."
Alex and Hank then pay Alex's mom a visit. She tells them what's going on in National City and they vow to go and fight it. Hank uses his mind-reading powers to shield Alex from going into a trance and they fly there, I guess. Once they get to National City, Indigo immediately attacks them and is able to capture Alex.

Non and Indigo then put Alex is a kryptonite suit thingy, put her under mind control, and make her go after Supergirl. Alex and Supergirl then begin fighting and it's awful, simply awful, in the same way it would be if Buffy and Willow started fighting.

Brainwashed Evil Alex
Alex Danvers and Supergirl in peril? What about Supergirl's big plan? How will it end? And is there really only one more episode left in Season 1?


Deep Thought of the Week: When I was a kid, I used to have a recurring dream that I would wake up and be the only person left on Earth. I remember it feeling really lonely and horrifying. In retrospect, it was probably my subconscious mind telling me that I was gay. After all, this was the 1980s. Things actually were quite different then. I was exposed to zero representations of gay people in the media, let alone to actual out gay people in my daily life. Plots "where everyone is in a trance except for one person" always remind me of this dream.

Secondly, it's hard for me to separate "the masses are brainwashed" plots from current political events. How do we reach people who believe that established news organizations are "fake" and who only believe the many false statements that their god-emperor Trump utters?  With a president who lies as frequently and unapologetically as the current one does, we are living during a time that feels more dangerous to me than ever before in my life. To write a man with Trump's temperament as a villain would likely be rejected on many TV shows as being unbelievable. Yet here we are.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trump Media Survey: Democrats Are Not Americans

You might have seen reports of a "Media Accountability Survey" released by Donald Trump.

Over at Shakesville, I take a look at the Trump team's communications surrounding the survey and the disturbing way they define who is and isn't American.