“There are few heroic les­bians in main­stream movies”

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

ro­mance can be sub­ver­sive too. Bound (1996) tells the story of two women who fall in love while out­smart­ing some gang­sters, and is no­table not only for the chem­istry be­tween Gina Ger­shon and Jen­nifer Tilly, but also for the fact that Ger­shon’s char­ac­ter is that rare thing in main­stream movies – a butch woman who is both sym­pa­thetic and at­trac­tive.

Some­day, we may even see more non­straight women in the genre where their ab­sence is par­tic­u­larly strik­ing – the chick flick. The Women (2008) was a limp re­make of the won­der­ful 1939 orig­i­nal, but it did have Jada Pin­kett Smith’s glam­orous, tomboy­ish les­bian Alex, who is just an­other mem­ber of the movie’s gang of fe­male friends. Alex, how­ever, like al­most all les­bians in main­stream films, is played by a straight women.

When it comes to vis­i­bil­ity, gay fe­male ac­tors have far to go. We await with baited breath the up­com­ing The Kids Are All Right star­ring Moore and An­nette Ben­ing as a les­bian cou­ple bring up two teens in Los An­ge­les.

An­nette Ben­ing and Ju­lianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right

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