Femslash Friday

  1. Let’s begin with a disclaimer: I love Marshall Erikson and I only want good things for him. You can’t discount Marshall Erikson and Lily Aldrin’s two decades of history with a simple handwave when it comes to the How I Met Your Mother-verse. They have one of the healthier, happier marriages currently airing on television. They’re best friends. There’s tons of love, support, and respect between them. Their fights run the full spectrum from hilarious…

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  2. If you are a lesbian of a certain age, you know that nothing on television has ever been as formative to nascent girl-on-girl feelings as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And I am not talking about Willow and Tara. Willow and Tara are lovely; they are attractive and accomplished and their relationship is nuanced and interesting and one time they sang to each other while dressed up for the Renaissance Faire (for reasons which will forever…

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  3. "Stop in the name of the law!" "Not tonight, baby."

    -Poison Ivy, "Harley and Ivy"

    I'm going to try very hard to make sure this doesn't just turn into a bullet-point list of reasons you should watch (or rewatch) Batman: The Animated Series, so I will confine my remarks about the series as a whole to this opening paragraph: it was the greatest animated series in the entire 1990s, a decade bursting…

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  4. Please do not look at me directly in the eyes; I am a late-night Canadian college radio star now. You may refill my cigarette holder; there's a good darling. No, don't touch it with your skin; it's ruined now. Bring me a fresh one.

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  5. Other entries in the series can be found here. Most recently: Adventure Time, Come On, Grab Your Friends. This installment of Femslash Friday is dedicated to Friend of the Toast Rainbow Rowell.  I am going to make you want something that you may or may not have already known that you wanted. I am going to make you realize that the real love story at the heart of Gilmore Girls took place between…

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  6. Other entries in the series can be found here. Most recently: Olivia Benson, Alex Cabot, SVU and Hope. There are installments of Femslash Friday where I can convince myself that in some way I'm striking a blow for lesbian and bisexual visibility in the culture at large, and then there are installments where I just have to admit that I would like to see two good-looking cartoon characters make out. I think this week…

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  7. My darlings. Today I can leave you only with an apology and a promise -- I am driving to Texas at this very moment, and as such cannot devote the time I would like to crafting the perfect ode to Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum/Marceline pairing, which is rapidly approaching canon. The gifs I will have for you, my precious pets. The Tumblr-sourced fan art. I swear you shall have it. But not yet. There is…

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  8. Previous entries in the series can be found here. Most recently: Kaylee/Inara on Firefly. This is a big one. I'm a little afraid to touch it, to be honest, she said about two fictional television characters who never kissed even once. But there it is -- as you know, every woman over the age of menarche is required by law to watch Law & Order: SVU whenever reruns air on USA. SVU has been on the air…

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  9. Other entries in the series can be found here. Most recently: Ann/Leslie Are Endgame.  I feel nervous about this one, like Indiana Jones right before he stole that idol and got crushed to death by the giant rock. Talking about Joss Whedon shows on the Internet is a fraught prospect. And yet I am willing to put my head in the lion's mouth, because for all the ink that has been flung about…

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  10. Other entries in the series can be found here. Most recently: Sansa/Brienne on Game of Thrones. Rarely, there comes along a great, well-written show with a central pair of fantastic female protagonists whose love and support for each other is a tentpole of the series (Rizzoli & Isles, Buffy & Willow, Xena & Gabrielle). Then, that show inevitably feels the need to throw in a couple of (fe)male love interests for each woman as…

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  11. Watching Game of Thrones is an interesting undertaking if you're a woman who likes women. One the one hand: hey, a fantasy series with lots of distinct female characters who are, on the whole, about as developed as you’re likely to get in a mainstream franchise set in a world that draws a significant amount of inspiration from ye olde chattel days. On the other hand: seven hells, does a lot of woman-hating happen on…

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  12. Previously: Mellie and Olivia on Scandal. How does one even begin to write about Anne and Diana? Anne of Green Gables (the book and the film) is a sacred text for a certain type of bookish woman. There are rituals and invocations; there are chants to recite (Carrots, bosom friends, puffed sleeves; carrots, bosom friends, puffed sleeves); there is the Holy Land of Prince Edward Island. "Femslash" is the first Google auto-fill after searching…

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  13. Listen, just because we had a little too much lesbian separatism in the '70s doesn't mean we shouldn't have any now. For too long now has the word "slash" been used to exclusively refer to a set of pallid, languorous white-blonde youths semi-closetedly making out under the bleachers, and as much as I approve of Magic Twink Makeouts, one can tire of too much of almost anything.  Which leads me to Scandal, the greatest television…

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