Brought to you by Jamie Babbitt, the director of "But I'm A Cheerleader," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Nip/Tuck" and much much more...
a great lil dyke-trans-queer-punkrock flick:)
watch it with your girlfriend:)
or your boifriend:)
or your boyfriend:)
or your partner:)
or your luva:)
or with a crush:)
or your bestgirlfriends:)
or just watch it:)
for it's integration of activism, lgbtq-ness, accessible intellectualism-ness, & youthful eroticism:)
You won't be watching it for it's race analysis (it's got none), which is notable because the central character is a Latina-American played by Melonie Diaz, who comes from a pretty idyllic (stereo)typical "American" nuclear suburban family -- stereotypical except for the mother with a feminist activist past, and out lesbian daughter to ostensibly happy parents who accept her for exactly who she is (very very cool), and daughter preparing for an interracial marriage -- all good stuff. Diaz's character, however, comes off as though she may have been originally conceived as a white U.S. American, and the director/writers/whoever decided "hey! why not *diversify*!!! and plug in a brown face!! a Latina will work! Yay!" Don't get me wrong, I am very very happy to see a lesbian film marketed to a lgbtq white audience that features a woman of color as it's central character. But for goodness sakes, don't stop there!! Feminist activism and discourse certainly *does not* have a reputation for racial inclusivity for emphasizing the ways in which race/racism/white supremacy and whiteness/white privilege intersects with gender/sexism (and abelism, and transgenderism, and xenophobia etc etc) *or* for empathetic, in-depth interrogation of the ways in which white woman are complicit in and benefit from the oppression of women and men of color -- an unfortunate discursive trend which this film exemplifies. Another notable fact is that the writers consist of women of color (a point which I will blog more about soon).
I think I'll shoot the director an email about all this:)
Anyway, I'd love to know what you think of the film if you view it -- so let me know!!!!!