Tag: wlw

  • The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School (2022)

    The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School (2022)

    Sonora Reyes had me at Catholic School. Well, let’s be real–she had me at Lesbiana. I’m finally at the point where discussions of homosexuality and Christianity no longer make my eyes twitch and my body convulse, so I’m aware that the pain score I’ve assigned might not be harsh enough. However, Reyes really has found a way to take the sting out of many of the well-rehearsed homosexuality v. Christianity debates she reproduces for this brilliant book (mainly because of how foolish those arguments look in the light of reason).

  • Frida (2002)

    Frida (2002)

    This biopic of the famous Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo (portrayed by Salma Hayek) exists on this blog for its positive portrayal of Kahlo’s fluid sexuality. While Kahlo’s bisexuality is not necessarily centered in the storytelling, for a film released in 2002, it is pleasantly free of homophobia and looks at Kahlo’s life with an unjudgmental eye.

  • Pepper’s Penance (2021)

    Pepper’s Penance (2021)

    Pepper’s Penance landed in my lap this past winter when I’d reached out to Twitter’s writing community looking for books on musicians. Davina Lee had promised me a happy(ish) Sapphic love story, and so I was more than willing to take the plunge.

  • Crush (2022)

    Crush (2022)

    This may be the most unproblematic queer romance I’ve ever seen. High school student Paige Evans (Rowan Blanchard) teams up with fellow track teammate AJ Campos (Auli’i Cravalho) in order to apprehend the graffiti artist who threatens to get Paige expelled unless she can prove she’s not the done tagging the school.

  • Women (2014)

    Women (2014)

    “(We are, both of us, probably, addicted to anguish. Perhaps this is our bonding attribute: Our penchant for anguish and longing and the solitude that is required of both.)”

    Introduction to Women, Elizabeth Ellen

    I’m hesitant to write this review. It’s not because I’m one of those readers who accused Caldwell of sexual tourism (though even I, with eyes as wide open as I can try to get them to be, am programmed to mistrust narratives like these that depict “straight” women exploring homosexuality only to return to heterosexuality by the end of the narrative).

  • Ammonite (2020)

    Ammonite (2020)

    I have come to associate Kate Winslet with tragedy. It’s kind of a chicken-and-the-egg situation: I’m not sure if my love of tragedy preceded my love for this English actress, or if my love of Winslet made me necessarily drawn to tragedies. Then I remember I discovered her smack in the middle of the biggest romantic tragedy of the ’90s (ahem, Titanic).

  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (2022)

    Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (2022)

    This was the most refreshing read because it was the first piece of Sapphic content that I’ve ever encountered that had a happy ending without any grossly traumatic bits in between.

    Before I move onto the spoiler-y part of my review, I will say that you can rest assured that this is a safe read with a happy ending. I highly recommend this book, especially for those of you who are really dying for a Sapphic happily-ever-after.

  • The World to Come (2020)

    The World to Come (2020)

    After the brutality of Tell It to the Bees, I scrambled to find a softer, lighter film. A brief review “for parents” informed me of all the same content warnings I offered you above, and although domestic assault and animal slaughter are in no way “soft” or “light,” I was intrigued by the idea of two desolate, overworked, and underappreciated women finding solace in each other. So I took the plunge.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2017)

    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2017)

    This book is deceptive–with a title like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, one does not expect Evelyn Hugo’s true love to be a woman. In fact I didn’t pick it up for years because I assumed the titular character to be straight. And what a lovely treat this novel was once I discovered this not to be the case (well, only for a little while).

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

    For a film where they don’t end up together because of historical circumstance, I got an immense amount of joy from this film. It’s soft, and it’s safe, and there is absolutely no homophobia. Refreshing!