Note of Absence. Again.
I don’t know who he’s looking at but it appears that he’s considering how they will look stuffed and mounted on the wall of his loft.
Not sure if contemplating murder or channeling James Dean especially hard
Given that there was a whole bunch of references to Rebel Without A Cause in that episode…
- Tina did the flag-waving thing when Blaine and Sam started their fire-extinguisher/office-chair race, which is a direct reference to the race scene in Rebel Without A Cause (which, on a more indirect note, also has been referenced in Grease).
- Jim (James Dean), Judy (Natalie Wood), and Plato (Sal Mineo) act out a family dynamic in one scene, with Plato (who also has a crush on Jim) as the child, Jim as father, and Judy as mother. And Blaine (who had/has(?) a crush on Sam) literally calls Sam, Tina, and himself a “little family.” And then goes on to act super-childlike when he talks about bumper bowling (which is in fact a thing that was invented for CHILDREN so they stood a better chance at scoring some points because bumpers blocked the gutters of the bowling alley).
- Blaine (the gay boy) was left behind when the straight boy and girl went off to be heterosexual together - just like Plato (the coded-as-gay boy) was left behind by Jim and Judy.
And while none of that has much to do with Kurt in the above scene, the-cimmerians’ comment made me go and write this. So there you have it.
Oooh good thoughts! I like the heterosexuality not being the norm theme.
Yeah, I kinda want to go back through at least S5 (and possibly much further) and see where this also has come up. Because my memory is very foggy right now so all I know is that this hasn’t been the first time.
looking forward to the early 2030s when peer reviewed scientific literature all begins with ALRIGHT LISTEN UP FUCKERS
You mean it hasn’t already?
Fact: I just drafted a slide for a conference presentation entitled “Glee is about opening yourself up to joy (no seriously)”.
We are living in the future.
Last year, I illustrated a presentation with gifs taken directly from Tumblr (yes, I credited Tumblr collectively). That presentation was for an official university lecture series and I was actually paid to be there and talk about Glee.
Best presentation of my life so far.
Actually it was Santana who said “Ha!” after the best gay line. I thought it was Kurt, but rewatching closely you can see Santana’s mouth move, it’s definitely her.
I just checked and you’re right. It’s a pity, though (but probably too much to expect from Kurt in that situation - he still has to work through this on his own, but One Three Hill is a very good step on that way).
1) FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE NOTICING EMMA’S PANTS. 2) I think Santana meant Rachel’s golden star stickers? 3) why are we both still awake at 4am?
Lots of interesting observations! Re: 30. Santana paid Elliott to read lines with her, she said so before Gloria. Thanks for the post.
It was Kurt who said ‘HA!’ after the ‘best gay’ line. :) Also, every time Sam made a comment about Tina’s boons & she reacted positively, she then also eyerolled at Blaine, which is interesting.
I suspected it was Kurt but wasn’t entirely sure, so thanks for confirming my suspicion (also, good for him for finally realizing (and finding a way to express) that he actually doesn’t like being viewed as someone’s “best gay” all that much).
I’m still not sure what to make of all the boobs comments. On one hand, I do find it hilarious how eagerly Tina plays along with the super-obvious objectification (because, hey, for some of us that thing IS sexy as long as we consent). On the other hand, the whole thing does play into the “ick” reaction some gay men apparently have about female bodies and female sexuality (I hear it mostly about vulvas and not about boobs, though) and I can’t help finding that (cis)sexist and entirely unfunny. On the third hand (hey, it’s trio week!), I am highly amused by the whole “heterosexuality is disgusting and artificial” thread that runs through 5x10 (and has appeared before, too). And then there’s the destabilizing factor of Blaine’s suggestion that Tina and Sam “fondle each other’s boobs” a few minutes after Sam has just worn a Cheerio uniform with a skirt… It’s complicated (and I like my Glee that way)!
In that context, Tina eyerolling at Blaine because of his “ew, boobs” reaction could be read as an odd moment of “heterosexual bonding” that is played as if heterosexuality is not actually the norm. And perhaps it really is not, at least not in this episode…? (I need to think about this some more.)
Glee? I love you. Thank you for getting your shit together.
There was so much good stuff, I don’t even know where to start with this episode.
- New Directions “seem to plan their lives like their setlist: they pretty much figure it out the night before.” It’s still the introductory voiceover and I’m already much amused. Looks like today is a day where I like self-ironic Glee!
- Sue: “What’s wrong with Down Syndrome?” - Becky (in a mocking tone of voice): “What’s wrong with Down Syndrome?” Perfect, perfect moment. Sue is there to make Will and Emma (and the viewers) aware of their prejudice. And Becky KNOWS what is wrong with Down Syndrome: namely, how it makes other people treat her. And she’s not going to pretend they’re usually treating her with respect. And she’s angry about that.
- "We were able to achieve a successful emission." OMG. Emma. Also: OMG, Will.
- There were a lot of Neckbrace Cheerio appearances this week.
- Someone performs a song just for fun. Have we seen this before in the choir room?
- Weird statistics are a thing this week.
- Tina has stopped being angry and is now just sad. And apparently, that gets her what she wants: she gets emotional attention from Blaine and Sam, special events are created just for her, she’s seen as sexually desirable (although she still has to put up with some awful attitude from Sam for that), she gets to sing solos… Curious to see where that will take her.
- Rachel is in houndstooth again. Can we talk about this pattern? Or has that happened already when these costumes were still sp0ilers and I missed it? She also sticks to a black-and-white color scheme the entire episode.
- Rachel is also still obsessed with “Showgirls” and calls Santana a “Gina Gershon junior.” This reference intrigues me for another reason, though. Because Gina Gershon also played the butch lesbian Corky in “Bound” by the Wachowski siblings. I’d bet money that Rachel does NOT know that (since she really seems clueless about lesbian culture), but the Glee writers just might!
- Apparently, Rachel has a whole band on retainer that only exists to do her bidding. It’s just like the band people at WMHS!
- Her narration of herself about how she exploited Elliott’s good will by playing the victim-slash-diva is hilarious, if (still) baffling in its obliviousness of anyone’s needs and wants but her own.
- Elliott also sews! Now gimme all the shop talk and outfit-making collaboration scenes with Kurt.
- He also has three golden top hats above his bed. (“One, two, three, not only you and me…”) (Also, woohoo, new places to do set meta about!)
- Rachel: “…and I have a new best gay!” - Elliott: “Uh, haha, yeah, I kinda hate that term. Makes me feel like a pet.” Whoohoo!!! It was about time someone said that! Elliott, I love you. Please stay forever.
- I’m sort of intrigued by the fact that Rachel treats Elliot like she would treat a heterosexual dude. She’s embracing him like a long-lost lover when he lets her into his apartment, she plays it all seductive during “Barracuda,” and she uses him to do more heterosexual posing during “Gloria.” From that I conclude that she has cast Kurt in a differently-gendered role than Elliott, because IIRC she never treated him that way. But she did treat Finn that way. And Jesse. (I want to say more about gender in Kurt vs. Elliott but I don’t have the words yet.)
- Blaine pretends he wants to see if the graduation gowns fit and then has to admit he really wants to see how they LOOK.
- Tina: “I don’t wanna fade away.” Well. I’m not sure that she won’t.
- Blaine talks about heroism and Sam wants to sneak a cow into the school. (This reminds me that I wanted to analyze Tina and Artie’s speeches from 5x09.)
- Also, Blaine suggests a lock-in (for which he wants to get approval - oh, Blaine), and Sam says, “sounds dangerous!,” and I’m thinking, “you’re both Katys.”
- Threeway showcircle!
- Sue tells an epic story of her pre-impregnation, quasi-religious relaxation that involves serenading by Kenny G at the foot of her and Michael Bolton’s bed. Beiste puts it a little less poetically: “You gotta calm her down before you knock her up.” She also advises Will to “make it all natural.” And I am deeply amused by how unnatural and disgusting all the heterosexuality in this episode is made out to be. Well done, Glee creators, very well done.
- Tina has an epic breakdown in the hall, complete with crying and falling to the floor where she continues to wallow until Blaine and Sam promise to make a lock-down for just the three of them happen. And then Sam asks her if her boobs are getting bigger and she replies, delighted that he noticed, “yes, yes they are!” And Blaine is just rolling his eyes in desparation. (I think I’ll read this and the previous moment as “what sexist dudes WISH would happen in reaction to their sexist objectification.” I’m also going to pretent that there is a heterosexual Glee writer who has won a bet and now got to write himself a wish fulfillment scene. Because then I don’t have to ask myself WHY Tina has given up every last bit of a feminist attitude…)
- Santana has not only a huge framed poster of her Yeast-I-Stat commercial on her wall (Santana, I love you), but also pictures of groups of same-y-looking girls/women (replacing the Cheerios?), what looks like a Kamasutra illustration on her dresser, and not just one but three(!) Mexican Día de los Muertes figurines (hello, another-person-with-a-special-relationship-to-death?!).
- Also, it was about time they made fun of Santana’s hair and exposed the weave for a weave.
- Her insults about Rachel still center on Rachel’s perceived lack of attractiveness (here framed as thinness and a lack of sex appeal) and femininity (here framed as a “whiskery chin”).
- "In the beginning it’s all sunshine and giggles and stickers…" Stickers? That sounds more like kindergarten, not high school.
- And Elliott is all, “WHAT is going ON with you people?! Clearly, you’re all insane, if perhaps in a rather entertaining sort of way.”
- I want an audiovisual gif of Santana’s “whoooaaa.”
- Elliott apparently is New York City’s resident Voice Of Reason.
- Curious to see what Auntie Snix’ scheme for getting Elliott some money is. Next week?
- The Almighty Trebleclef! Superheroes are back! Nightbird voiceover! <3 <3 <3
- Tina (in red and blue): “You made this way more difficult than it needed to be. Just for the record.” - Sam: “Any excuse to put on that costume.” - Blaine: “Last chance I get to put it on! Unless I’m in some creepy kind of fetish club.” Deconstructing Nightbird! (Also, what I gather from this is that Blaine goes to fetish clubs in his Nightbird costume.)
- That is an epic senior lock-in indeed. All the references! Breakfast Club. Rebels Without A Cause. (What’s with the chin faces?)
- Blaine gets the “I’m too depressed to even open this pamphlet” pamphlet. 4x04-4x07 anyone?
- Sam offers condoms, but Blaine and Tina find themselves not compatible.
- Cheerio uniforms! And Sam in a dress!
- "Immunize!" poster with Rosie the Riveter image.
- I expect a gazillion gifs and photomontages with Cheerio!Blaine in that victory pose.
- Becky brought a Twister game and a bag of “Face Slap Energy Boost” energy drinks (in other words: drugs). And continues to blackmail them into including her in the senior lock-in.
- By the way, Tina is wearing red Dorothy shoes now. That is a thing now, right? Last week we had Rachel and Santana, now there’s Tina…
- The craft room is back!
- Will: “You worry too much.” - Emma: “You’re just figuring that out NOW?!” Emma, I love you.
- Blablabla, my baby, blablabla, one true love, blablabla, I will have a son, blablabla. Shut up, Will.
- I can’t help but notice that both Will and Emma keep painting the same tiny bit of wall. Yes, I know, Glee production probably doesn’t allow for multiple takes of all-wall paint rolling, but it does distract me and I want to yell at them that their wall will be uneven and patchy and Emma will hate it.
- Emma wants to watch “Ever After.” I approve of her choice of romantic movie (and Will better does, too). Also, they’re eating popcorn from what looks like a pretend-popcorn bucket that really is a piece of two-dimensional cardboard.
- Why is Emma’s voice almost inaudible?
- Blaine really is ridiculously polite. “Time-out. I’m getting a cramp in my leg.” And probably he’s also fed up with getting sexual advances from a girl yet AGAIN.
- I like sexy Becky. I just wish she’d get to be sexy with someone who wants her back. (Is Becky the New Tina?)
- "Sam?" *Actual fucking CRICKETS.* "Tina?" *More crickets* (Glee sound department, let me love you.)
- The astronomy classroom is back! And OF COURSE this is where Tina and Sam make out. (But that is no energy drink there on the table. I suppose the energy drinks were stand-ins for alcopops then?)
- Poor Blaine. All that heterosexuality, and he is sooo disgusted by it all. It would be funnier for me, though, if he wasn’t MOST disgusted by FEMALE (hetero)sexuality.
- "What about Nurse Penny, Sam? Did you just forget about her?" Yes, this week, I’m all for the Glee self-irony.
- I adore Blaine for using “our little family” and “friendly threesome” in the same sentence.
- Drama queen!Blaine is the best Blaine. I’m already looking forward to all the gifs.
- Rachel is never, ever, ever
getting back together with Santana letting Santana get her Fannygoing to let Santana play the role of Fanny Brice. (SCNR.)
- And Kurt is just watching the Pezberry drama, resigned to his fate. He tries to reign Rachel in when she gets too over-the-top even for her own standards, but he doesn’t get through. But he does get through to Elliott, who gets to finally put an end to the high-school-esque drama. Thank gods.
- "Gloria" is brilliant in both line distribution and choreography. I don’t have time to dissect the song, but I want to point out that Rachel continues to do pseudo-heterosexual posing with her "new best gay friend," while Santana interacts with him entirely nonsexually.
- Interesting (and sexist) that Elliott tells them they’re both PRETTY when they wanted to know who was BETTER (presumably as a SINGER). But I still want to kiss him for refusing to be drawn into their drama. That was a great smackdown of everyone involved, including Kurt. (But who said “ha!”? Santana?)
- There is a LOT of turquoise clothing in this episode. Emma, Tina, Kurt, and Santana all wear it. Have we figured out the new color scheme yet?
- "…and then, lo and behold, the two of you run off during our fun night of shenanigans and mischief and you turn it into some kind of creepy [teeth?]-sucking slurpathon, which I still can’t get out of my head." As I said, drama queen!Blaine is the best Blaine.
- "Santana and I are both professionals." Ahahaha! Yeah, right.
- And good for you, Kurt, for taking Elliott’s approach as an example and throwing BOTH Rachel and Santana out of the band.
- Why doesn’t Dani get a last name? Or is she just “Dani” like Madonna or Cher?
- Also, Callbacks is back! More New York locations for the win!
- The pattern on Santana’s skirt looks like her crotch has a roaring tiger-face on it [but fashionofglee tells me it’s a bug]. Clearly, she’s dressed for battle, what with the leather top and all. Both her and Rachel are in black-and-white, but Rachel’s rigidity is finally unraveling. The stripes on her shirt have become softer, and the edges have started to fray.
- I googled One Three Hill because I was sure it was a reference I didn’t get. And indeed, there is a TV series called “One Tree Hill” about two half-brothers who begin as heartless enemies and become caring brothers over time. Such as Rachel and Kurt did and Rachel and Santana will? Because clearly what Kurt is talking about (and what the band is singing about) is majorly related to Rachel and Santana as well, as we can easily tell by the fact that the band also wears black-and-white.
- And can I just say that I LOVE the fact that Kurt gets to have an all-queer band, and none of the members is romantically/sexually involved with another? Even if it is just for a minute? He sooo needs some LGBTQ community that is not his boyfriend. I just wish Santana would get the same.
- I also love the fact that Rachel can’t quite believe that the trio actually is successful without her (or Santana). This must be a first because they truly DON’T NEED her (unlike New Directions, at least in-universe). But they still WANT her (as is later made clear) - provided she and Santana get their stuff sorted out.
- And Rachel DOES manage to take a first step towards reconciliation with Santana. In a shirt with holes along the arms (a black one this time) and a black-and-white skirt that continues the softening of her harsh either/or patterns (Ha! I figured it out! THAT’s what all the black-and-white outfits were about! Note to self: make a proper post about this.)
- That is a GOOD talk, Santana and Rachel. Please let us see more talks like this, Glee.
- And pleeeeaaaase Rachel, do listen to what Santana says here because she is RIGHT. Even if your moment of potential bonding was interrupted, and Kurt made a snippy comment about your conflict and previous communication style, and all of that threw you right back into the whole mess. (But sadly, I don’t think this is over yet.)
- Hahaha, unexpected kissing happens all the time at WMHS. Well-observed, Blaine.
- Artie is pissed, and rightly so. Especially after his whole episode of bonding with Tina last week.
- And I’m going to argue that WILL SCHUESTER is speaking for the Glee writers post-5x03 for once: “I was planning on ordering dinner in and working you guys deep into the night, but then I realized that worrying too much about what you’re trying to accomplish actually gets in the way of what you’re trying to accomplish.”
- But why is everyone in that choir room, including the band(!) (except Kitty in her Cheerio uniform) wearing shades of blue, turquoise, and green? Should we analyze this further? Like, who is ONLY wearing blue and who is wearing other shades? Or do we take it as a general meta moment of sadness over saying goodbye to McKinley?
- And they do manage to make up with Artie and let him be right. Which is good. Because Artie (or any of the Glee people) alone IS sad.
- Okay, and now Sam, Blaine, Tina, and Artie are in shades of beige and brown, which seems to be the color of leaving McKinley (and also of overcoming grief). Also, Artie gets to have a new kind of pattern on his shirt (a forest?), which makes me look forward to his eventual post-graduation wardrobe change.
- Kurt (in flowers and pale pink and his gray vest from both “I Have Nothing” in 3x17 and Artie’s AU in 4x10) still doesn’t entirely fit with the rock-style of both Elliott (in a Joy Division t-shirt!) and Dani, but I’m still glad that he has chosen them for now. Curious to see if their style differences will become an issue musically.
- The lyrics split and staging of “Hold On” is also interesting. Kurt is all about change (and not doing things like they did them in Lima), Santana accepts responsibility for the mess she’s in (and makes do with whoever is there), and Rachel stays alone and still can’t see anything but her pain.
- Threeway showcircle returns!
- Emma is wearing PANTS. But honey? It’s going to be YOUR baby, too, not just Will’s. And I didn’t think I’d ever say that, but Will’s complete happiness at learning that Emma is pregnant is actually a little bit infectuous. And I much approve of that Terri reference. (But I will miss Emma so much.)
So. Whatever the Glee creators did between 5x08 and 5x09, it worked, and I’m loving Glee all over again.
And yes, the New York stories work very well indeed, and I’m glad we’re getting more connections between the people there and more places and more intersecting stories. I also much enjoy the look of Glee New York.
That said, the nightly tour of shenanigans and mischief through the empty school in Lima, plus all the nostalgic hilarity and all the self-references and self-irony were also awesome this week.
(I have no idea when I’ll get to check my dashboard, but I don’t see me having much time for discussion this week. In fact, I’ll be happy if I even get to catch up on scrolling through everything since Monday night. Mostly because I’m away from Friday to Monday. So a lack of presence on my part does not indicate a lack of interest in talking to you about Glee…)
Gestern habe ich endlich meine bestellten Yogamatten ausprobiert: auf Teppich, auf Fliesen, die eine Seite, die andere Seite, mit trockenen Händen, mit feuchten Händen… Zum Testen habe ich mich jeweils kurz in den Herabschauenden Hund gestellt, weil ich da am häufigsten merke, dass ich mit den Händen wegrutsche oder dass die Matte sich dehnt.
Und natürlich gab es keine klare Favoritin. Gerochen haben sie beide nicht besonders toll, aber das geht bei neuen Kunststoffmatten wohl nicht anders (und Gummigeruch von Kautschukmatten geht für mich gar nicht). Und so richtig schlecht war auch keine. Aber es war halt auch keine absolut perfekt.
Die eine Matte (Asana Sticky von Yogabox) ist aus PVC, 4mm dick und etwas schwerer als die andere. Sie ist dunkelrot mit leichtem Plastikglanz und kleinem Prägemuster auf beiden Seiten. Die meisten Minuspunkte hat sie für den Test mit feuchten Händen (und mit Socken) bekommen, denn das verringerte die Rutschfestigkeit wirklich deutlich. Die meisten Pluspunkte bekam sie für die schöne Farbe und fürs platzsparende Zusammengerolltsein.
Die andere Matte (Yogamatte pro vom Yogishop) ist aus TPE, 5mm dick und etwas leichter. Sie hat zwei verschiedene matte Seiten (gedecktes bordeauxrot mit dezentem Prägemuster und anthrazit mit Wellenmuster).
(Muster der roten Seite) (Muster der grauen Seite)
Die meisten Minuspunkte bekam sie für die etwas tristeren Farben (ja, bordeaux kann trist aussehen!) und das etwas voluminösere Zusammengerolltsein. Die meisten Pluspunkte bekam sie für ihre Rutschfestigkeit (vor allem auf der Seite mit dem Wellenmuster).
Am Ende hat dann die zweifarbige Matte gewonnen, weil ich mir dachte, dass ihr geringeres Gewicht und ihre größere Rutschfestigkeit doch irgendwie relevanter für meinen Yogaalltag sind als die perfekte Farbe (wäre die Wunschfee gekommen, hätte ich eh ein warmes Dunkelgrün genommen, aber das gab es weder bei dem einen noch bei dem anderen Modell). Und heute habe ich noch gelesen, dass TPE als Material generell weniger Schadstoffe enthält und außerdem umweltfreundlicher ist - umso besser!
Und kurz vorm Schlafengehen gab es dann noch einen ersten “richtigen” Praxistest. Ich hatte mir diesmal das Bedtime Yoga von Adriene ausgesucht.
Ich finde Adriene zwar generell (und vor allem für spätnachts) ein bisschen zu jung-dynamisch, und habe auch klarere Ansagen bei einigen Positionswechseln vermisst (ich habe den ersten Teil ohne Brille, also sehr kurzsichtig, bzw. mit geschlossenen Augen gemacht, und das klappte nur mittelgut, weil mir zwischendurch immer mal wieder was fehlte und ich doch blinzeln musste), aber grundsätzlich fand ich die Sequenz okay.
Leider hat sie in den Ruhepositionen (Vorbeugen, Liegetwists, Savasana) fast ununterbrochen geredet, was es mir schwer gemacht hat, bei mir und meinen Gedanken/Empfindungen zu bleiben. Gut gefallen haben mir aber ihre wiederholten Erinnerungen daran, es beim Abendyoga eher ruhig angehen zu lassen und nicht unbedingt kurz vorm Schlafengehen noch Leistungsgrenzen auszutesten. Trotzdem suche ich mir fürs nächste Abendyoga wahrscheinlich doch wieder was von Esther Ekhart aus. Und Adriene probiere ich nochmal, wenn es insgesamt etwas dynamischer zugehen soll.
Der unangenehme Geruch meiner neuen Matte hat mich zwischendurch ebenfalls abgelenkt und war (glaube ich) auch schuld an dem nicht so ganz frei fließenden Atem aufgrund zugehender Nase, vor allem in den Vorbeugen, wo meine Nase wirklich direkt über der Matte hing. (Über Nacht habe ich die Matte erstmal ausgerollt ans offene Fenster gestellt und heute Morgen habe ich sie in der Badewanne einmal gründlich mit der Nagelbürste abgeschrubbt. Jetzt steht sie wieder am Fenster und verliert hoffentlich rapide den noch verbleibenden Geruch. Sonst muss ich es nochmal mit Essigwasser (oder wohl eher Zitronensäurelösung) versuchen.)
Außerdem habe ich festgestellt, dass Rutschfestigkeit auch bedeutet, dass ich besser was anderes anziehe als meine Kuschelhosen aus Nickisamt, denn da rutscht wirklich überhaupt nichts beim Positionsnachbessern. Dafür ist die Wärmeisolierung nach unten wirklich super, so dass ich nicht nur Bodenwärme in meinem etwas fußkalten Zimmer habe, sondern sie offenbar auch zum Drauf-Schlafen benutzen kann (eine Isomatte habe ich nämlich sonst nicht).
Ich war nach der Sequenz angenehm, aber nicht auffallend entspannt und habe heute Nacht gut und tief geschlafen. Aber ich merke trotzdem, dass mir anstrengenderes Yoga mehr Spaß macht. Heute werde ich also mal tagsüber Yoga machen und mir eine etwas forderndere Sequenz aussuchen.
Zum Schluss: offenbar entwickelt sich diese Yoga-Challenge für mich vor allem zu einem Experimentierfeld, in dem ich ausprobiere, wie Yoga (außer in meinem wöchentlichen Kurs) sonst noch so praktiziert werden kann und wie das jeweils so für mich ist. Außerdem schätze ich den Austausch mit anderen Menschen, die Yoga machen, wegen der interessanten Denkanstöße und der Selbstreflektionsgelegenheiten. Bisher also: #win!
Awesome interview I did with Parker Marie Molloy of SheWired and The Advocate! So so cool!
Awesome interview indeed, thank you! I’m soooo in love with the fact that people like Cole (or Sophia Burset) are in my mainstream media now and that awesome, articulate, smart trans/nonbinary people like Tom Phelan (or Laverne Cox) are portraying them and using the resulting media coverage as a trans* advocacy platform.
I’m still struggling to find the right words, but I want to say more about how they are doing Cole’s gender on The Fosters because it strikes me as so… I don’t know, I want to say REAL, but that doesn’t seem right because of course his gender is real, but what I actually mean is that I RECOGNIZE in him so many parts of the transmasculine people I (have) love(d) and who were/are my friends. And that includes but is in no way limited to his actual body and the way he holds and moves it (for an example, look at the group picture that accompanies the article and how everyone there holds their bodies - I could write an entire essay about that picture). (And it’s difficult to talk about this as a cis person because so much of what I want to say needs way more context and footnotes and disclaimers than I can reasonably work into a Tumblr post, so I’m leaving it at this for now.)
Anyhow. This kind of portrayal has rarely happened before outside of small-scale media aimed at LGBTQ audiences (and even then, there were a lot more misses than hits), and it just keeps delighting me. I cheer at every new interview where trans* actors get to talk about not only their trans* roles and trans* representation in the media, but also real-life trans* issues and what’s necessary to make things better.
And even though they are telling a fairly stereotypical trans story with Cole (“born in the wrong body,” shots of his bound chest, storylines about him taking hormones), it still reads as fresh and non-stereotypical to me (and I’m otherwise pretty jaded about trans* narratives in film/TV). I’m not entirely sure WHY that is, but I’m loving the fact that they are giving him stories that are not ONLY about being trans (even though they are all impacted by him being trans because, hey, intersectionality is a thing in this life), and that they’ve made him into a complex human being who is neither a perfect 100% “positive” hero without faults nor a tragic victim without much agency of his own. And I’m totally here for that kind of complexity because, surprise!, it mirrors the ACTUAL TRANS* PEOPLE in my life.
I’m also delighted that The Fosters frames issues of belonging, support/solidarity, loyalty, and love in ways that go way beyond traditional ideas of family and (romantic) relationships. There is so much really good stuff happening in spaces that I’d call friendships (even if they are also romances or families), and it makes me happy to see so many different models of support networks and bounds of loyalty. Because that is also My Life Finally On TV, and I still haven’t had enough of that.
And that’s my (non-Glee) fangirling-come-media-analysis for today! :)
a film starring rinko kikuchi, lupita nyong’o, natalie dormer, lucy liu, laverne cox, amber heard, michelle rodriguez, nicole beharie and ellen page as either an all female heist team or the world’s first all female super team
No no. Pirates. Lady pirates. I’m never going to let this go.
THEY SHOULD JUST DO ALL OF THOSE. AS A TV SERIES. One season, they’re pirates, the next they are a heist team, the next they are supers… It will be just like Amercan Horror Story (only I’ll be able to watch it because the horror will be minimal)! =D