LWord|Generation Q: Ep. 1

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In case you missed my last post, let me reiterate that I am so excited that the L Word is back. It never disappoints. Here are my thoughts on this first episode. 

Fire Opening Scene: 

Nothing gets the audience’s attention like a pussy-eating session.  Granted the older generation of L Word watchers are used to the L Word starting this way, but I must say I was curious to see if the newbies would be able to pull off a lesbian sex scene.  Lesbian sex scene ✔️The thing I love most about this scene is how the writer shows the versatility of lesbians. So many times people ask who is the man in the relationship? Or how do lesbians have sex? This scene not only answers those questions quickly but the brilliant use of a “girlie girl” shows the world that pretty girls who are “too pretty to be a lesbian” can, in fact, make a woman cum. 

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It was great to see Bette, Shane, and Alice back together again and get a recap of what they have been up to in the last 10 years. 

  • BIGGEST SHOCK: Alice is parenting! I must say that I did not see this coming. I knew she was Angelica’s Earth Mother, but there was no indication that Alice would be on the suburban house mom vibe; even though she seems to be struggling with it.
  • BIGGEST MYSTERY: No it is not that Shane is/was married; I’ll explain why in a bit. The biggest mystery is Bette. Like why is she really running for mayor and invested in destroying the pharmaceutical industry? Who did she lose? Kit?  Also, what happened with her and Tina? Was it because of the affair with a married woman or drugs or something else? So many unanswered questions and as a huge Bette fan, I find that this is a new direction for her. Not necessarily for her character because she has always been the type to keep in what’s really going on and “be strong”, but what’s new is that the writers are keeping it away from us…for now. 
  • BIGGEST SIC (saw it coming): Shane being married. I know some people might be shocked, but in the original L Word Shane “feel in love” every season and then shortly ran away from said love. She wanted to marry Carmen, but then fucked it up. The only question I have regarding Shane is, “what are you running away from now?” 

THE NEWBIES: We got a pretty good introduction to the new crew.

DANI and SOPHIE: THE PROPOSAL: I love Dani and Sophie’s storyline, not because of the lesbian engagement, but rather we will get to see the ins and outs of planning a lesbian wedding. This is a storyline that has not been showcased in the LGBTQ Community before. I hope that the writers go beyond Dani’s disapproving dad and bring in current issues like people using their “religious right” to not provide a service. 

FINLEY: I wonder where her story will lead. Will she be the knockoff Shane or will more develop? 

LEO: Micah Lee is, in fact, transgender and I am curious if they will bring this into his story. The original L Word left this type of storyline with Max transitioning, but I am hoping we get to see more of what life is like as a transgender man/woman.  There is a real opportunity here to educate the world on the transgender community and what they face on a daily basis.

Last but certainly not least my absolute favorite thing about the show is having Angelica! For those that do not know, Angie is Bette and Tina’s love child and she is a bi-racial teenager in a private school navigating divorced lesbian moms, her mom’s VERY public life and, what I gathered from the long stare on the park bench, her sexuality. The only downfall I see to her crushing on her girl friend is that the homophobe jerks of the world will begin to mock the show; claiming lesbians and gays who raise children will turn them gay. My hope is that the writers are in tune with the youth enough to start the conversation around not labeling sexuality. Cue rebellious teen who is open to her sexuality and who she is attracted to. Teens, as disconnected to each other as we claim, understand that love is love no matter what genitals you possess.

I am so excited about the direction Generation Q is going. It seems to be more of an accurate representation of the LGBTQ community. Now we must wait in suspense until next Sunday. See you then! 


The L Word Returns| Generation Q Style

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Who is fucking excited the L Word is back?! I had this day marked in my calendar from the moment it was released. I know the younger generation will watch Generation Q and be excited to have a queer show solely made by us and for our community and on the flip side also be confused about who Bette, Alice, Shane, Tina (She is mentioned in the first episode) and Angie (the original L Word watchers know her as Angelica) are, but those of us who were around for the original L Word are ecstatic to have them back and on the edge of our seats to see where they are now. 

Before watching the first episode of Generation Q, I was hopeful that this L Word would be more of a true representation of our queer community. I can say that Generation Q does just that. As great as the original was, some people might watch the original and point out stereotypes of our community. Yes, it portrayed toxic filters of relationships, both romantic and platonic, in the LGBTQ community. I know that Ilene Chaiken wrote the L Word using parts of her life as examples and a guide for the show. I think what people are missing is that during my time there was NOTHING like the L Word and we were trying to figure it all out together. Yes, there was “Queer as Folk”, but that was mostly gay men and 1 white lesbian couple. See someone like me, a gay black woman, could not relate in the way I related to the L Word. I was in college when I came out and when the L Word premiered and I must admit, I mimicked things from that show because I came from a small ass town with little knowledge of what it meant to be a lesbian or to even have a friend who was also gay. I had a cousin, I call her the pioneer gay, but she was in the military and did not live nearby for me to observe her life. I had a lot of friends who were in the same boat and we claimed the L Word as our own. One time in college we had a “rainbow” party with edible brownies mainly because there was an episode of the L Word where they had a bad-ass party with edible brownies and better believe WE HAD A FUCKING BLAST!

Underneath the entertainment of toxicity, stereotypes, and misrepresentations, we were learning how to grow together, how to be out together, how to fight together and how to love together! I hope Generation Q watchers see this show with PRIDE and understand that the original broke barriers that paved the way for Generation Q to rise and be represented. The original L Word watchers will be here with you cheering you on as you break the barriers we could not penetrate. My wish this time is that we shatter the ceiling this time.

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