I neeeeeeeeed this!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned Raised by wolves (RBW) on here yet but if I haven’t then I’m disgusted with myself.

RBW is a comedy set in Wolverhampton by the Moran sisters. It’s pacey, disturbing and occasionally moving.

I adore RBW (more specifically, Germaine and Aretha) and I’ve just heard that it’s been cancelled by Channel 4.

It’s not often that I post stuff like this so I hope that shows how much I love it!

We left series 2 on some pretty big cliffhangers but the one I love the most was Aretha coming to terms with her sexuality. I am fed up of shows being cancelled when they’re on the brink of a lesbian breakthrough (Sugar Rush, Lip Service, Faking it – to name a few!) and I won’t let RBW go without a fight.

So yes, I’m going to pledge and I urge you to do the same if you can and if you feel as passionately as I do. At least have a little watch of it first and see if it’s something you’d like to support!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/raisedbywolves/save-the-wolves

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Please don’t break my lesbian heart.

This post will almost definitely contain spoilers for Faking It and Grey’s Anatomy so if you aren’t up to date I’d look away now!

It’s a shame that I’m not 15 again. When I was 15 and desperately “shipping” people I only had fanfiction to turn to. I didn’t have Tumblr or Instagram. Now that I am 23 I am making the most out of my inner fangirl and I am taking advantage of these modern ways of becoming easily obsessed with things.

Who is my OTP (One True Pairing  -a combination of people who I think fit together the best)? I am torn between it being Karmy (Karma and Amy from Faking It) or Calzona (Callie and Arizona from Grey’s Anatomy). It’s worth mentioning that Naomily (Naomi and Emily from Skins) score very highly but I’m not quite yet emotionally stable enough to enjoy their series 3 and 4 romance. (I will NEVER be ready to talk about what happened to them in series 7 – my heart is still aching from that one!).

The problem with shipping people is that I reach a whole new level of emotional involvement. I can no longer just enjoy Faking It or Grey’s Anatomy; I have to analyse every single word my OTP say to each other and try and find a meme for it so I can look at it at 3am and rediscover all of “the feels”.

Speaking of feels, I’ve been emotionally fragile recently.

MTV have cancelled Faking It (we all know Karmy wont be endgame and that’s literally destroying me right now) and Callie and Arizona have just been to court to settle the custody of their daughter, Sofia.

Let’s talk about Karmy first. I wont do a recap as I don’t think I can describe their relationship accurately. I desperately wish that Karma would just accept that there is the possibility that she has feelings for Amy. I mean what was that “woah” about after the threesome kiss (Confused by what I’m talking about? If you love angsty teenage love stories you’d love Faking It so it’s worth catching up!)? And why did she kiss Amy in the swimming pool?

I thought Grey’s Anatomy were finally going to make me happy when Callie and Arizona got married but oh nooooo. Now they’re separated and I’m starting to think that no lesbian couple finishes with a happy ending.

The list of lesbian/bi characters that have been killed off is extremely long. Can we take a moment to remember Cat (Lip Service), Dana (The L Word) and Naomi (Skins. Also, just because we didn’t see her die doesn’t mean she didn’t. Despite how much I’d love to believe she survived I think I need to be realistic and allow myself to grieve.).

Then there are all of the lesbian/bi couples that haven’t died but have split up under ridiculous, out of character circumstances. And, just when you think your OTP will get their happy ever after, the show is cancelled. Two words: Sugar Rush.

I’m not asking for too much am I? I just want a bit of happiness.

Hello folks!

Hey guys how are you all doing? I’ve been pretty busy, thanks for asking. 😉 No but seriously my life is crazy at the moment but I’ll resume regular posting soon.

In the meantime could you all be absolute darlings and take a look at my friend’s questionnaire for her dissertation? It’s all about LGBTQ representation in relation to television. It’s short and straightforward and it would be awesome if you could fill it out! 😀 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JVXZ9GW

Enough of a plug, I’ll be back soon! 🙂

POBOL Y CWM – A REVIEW.

What on earth is “Pobol Y Cwm?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a Welsh soap that I first started watching when I holidayed in Wales when I was about 12.

One of the shows prominent characters is Gwyneth who is portrayed to be a lesbian.

She’s had a couple of long term relationships (including one with a man whom she had a child with, and a woman who she married but later separated from) and has been through a lot of tough stuff (she had cancer a few years ago – what is it about lesbians on tv getting cancer?)

I’ve always thought her storylines to be really raw, truthful and moving. Yes, it was a bit of a surprise when she hooked up with Gary but surprises happen and I don’t think it affected her character’s identity as a woman who likes women all that much.

Recently, she kissed a (female) friend who is going through a break up. Whilst it was an interesting twist it was a bit predictable and I wonder how much further it will go. The woman that she kissed said she hadn’t been kissed like that for a long time before leaving the village with her son.

Later, Gwyneth was at the café with her ex and it was hinted that Gwyneth knew more about why the woman left and that her departure may have been more than a bit upsetting for her.

It always baffles me in soaps how people carry on living alongside their exes in a tiny village with little or no consequences – it’s as if it never happened sometimes!

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what happens next with Gwyneth and this lass but in the mean time I’ll have to just stick to watching Skins (and reviewing Frankie’s character which will be up soon!).

Orange is the new what?

What is it about lesbians and the colour orange?

So all I’ve heard about recently is “Orange is the new black”, but I’m yet to watch it.

This is for a couple of reasons: 1, I don’t have a Netflix account and, 2, I don’t want to allow myself to like it.

So before I get a Netflix account and decide to spend hours of my life watching it, I want to know your opinion. Have you watched it? Is it worth watching? Should I review it? Let me know!
UPDATE: I’ve just got a free month trial on Netflix and what is one of the programmes it suggests? Orange is the new black. My obsession starts here I am sure.

Back to reality.

So I’m back from Scotland! Below is a picture of me looking elated/terrified on a boat on the Loch Ness. (More pictures to follow soon.)

Now to talk about a few changes. I’ve been thinking about ways to make this blog better and post more regularly and so here’s what I propose!

Toosday Revoosday shall still be happening every Tuesday (they’ll be a small post on Orange is the new black up later). This means that every week I’ll be posting a review on an LGBTQ book/film/TV programme. In the coming weeks/months I aim to finish my Skins reviews and start getting through some books as well.

Song of the week shall be permanently posted on a Wednesday as it’s a nice small mid-week post.

Skinny Wagg shall now be happening every other week as I’m finding it hard to keep up with it every week.

A new addition will be “This week is a very ——— week” where I shall fill the blank with an LGBTQ related topic from the news and talk about it. I’ll have a go at posting this on a Friday and see how it fits in.

Of course I’ll still be posting pictures and random dream posts and everything else that you’ve enjoyed reading in the past year or so.

I hope you find these changes positive and I look forward to posting more regularly!

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – A REVIEW.

The kids might be, but the film isn’t…

I had high expectations for this film and quite rightly so. It has all the makings of a good film; good actors, and a unique selling point. Sadly these things just weren’t enough.

Essentially, this film is about two teenagers breaking free of their secure, naïve lives and finding their dad (their mum’s sperm donor). It should be a sensitive film about the different types of family and maturity and identity but, in reality, it’s little more than a cheap rom-com (apart from the fact that it’s not romantic and not comedy based).

The beginning is dubious and, minutes in, I question the lead roles characterisations and depth of portrayal of actual lesbians when the two women watch gay male porn… Hmmm, last time I checked lesbians like women, not men. And whilst this is (poorly) explained later, I can’t help but feel that it started the film off in a bad way.

To cut a long story short, the kids meet their dad, discover he’s a bit of a rebel and introduce him to their mums. It’s a shaky first introduction but the women grow fonder of him. One even grows so fond that she sleeps with him. Multiple times.

Yup. That happened.

This frustrated me so much. Why on earth did she sleep with him? From what I can see there is little, if any, motivation to cheat yet she does and with a man! No, things weren’t great in her relationship but is sleeping with a man going to help?

Of course, her wife finds out and is, understandably, angry. This leads to a whole lot of door slamming, shouting and crying in the house from everyone. But, without much reasoning and explanation, it all seems to boil down and return to normal. (A few things go on that allows this to happen but not a great deal…)

This film is disappointing and doesn’t show lesbian relationships and their families in a good light. Its characters are flimsy and under-researched and its storylines are unrealistic and actually quite insulting. Not a fan.