June 2004 Archives
The New York Times is running an article on lesbian fashion in their Sunday Styles section called "The Secret Power of Lesbian Style." I'd link directly to the story, but NY Times' links are only good for a few days, so catch it while you can (the registration process is fast and worthwhile IMO, or use Bug Me Not to bypass).
The story covers a lot of ground, beginning with the "Miss Jane Hathaway look" and on through "The L Word" and back to Marlene Dietrich. Some of it is a bit obvious but I liked the discussion of lesbians' hidden role in the fashion industry and the influence of lesbian designer Patricia Field, who provided costuming for Sex in the City. A slide show of photographs helps illustrate the article.
The article also mentions something called Dykedolls, action/fashion figures representing different lesbian styles. They won't go on sale until later this summer, though you can visit their site now.
You have to go see this picture of the Bush administration dressed up as Batman villains. Rumsfeld makes a really good Riddler.
Due to popular interest, I've decided to revisit the subject of my last post and publish a few more pix from the Pride Run. Thanks to all my regular readers for your comments, and welcome to new readers who may be visiting from Lucy Lawless news sites, Xena news sites, forums and boards.
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Back to the Pride Run. In the first photo shown here, Lucy has just discovered a piece of the costume she was going to wear for the gay and lesbian pride parade, and immediately put it on. You can see she is talking to one of the run competitors. I don't know her name, although I did meet several nice people, all Lucy fans, at the event. In any case, I think she wound up winning a medal at the finish, plus a hug and a kiss on the cheek from Lucy, who gave out the awards.
I selected this other photo simply as a form of torture for you all. There were no tables available, so Lucy was signing on people's backs. Can you imagine? Your frickin' back! Not only does SHE WALK AMONG US but she signs on our backs. I am astounded by this evidence of a caring and beneficent god.
By the way, for my regular readers, that is not the Cute Little Red-Headed Girlfriend in the picture. And to my new visitors, please feel free to leave comments.
This past weekend was Gay and Lesbian Pride Weekend in L.A., or as I like to call it, Just Try To Get Parking in West Hollywood Weekend.
This year, the Cute Little Red-Headed Girlfriend and I set out early on Sunday to attend the Los Angeles Frontrunners Pride Run 2004. Yes, it was a proud event, and a benefit for a good cause, but that's not why we went. We went because Lucy Lawless, former Xena: Warrior Princess and present-day goddess was scheduled as the celebrity host to kick off the run.
Aside from the fact that the girlfriend and I are big Xena fans, it was a real pleasure to see a female celebrity address her lesbian followers. We've all seen musical celebrity divas get lovey-dovey with their gay male fans, or male movie stars "acknowledging" their gay male fans, but what do the lesbians ever get? Crapola, that's what.
No female stars ever say, "I'd like to thank all my lesbian fans for faithfully going to see every one of my movies, even the really shitty ones like Sommersby" or "Thanks to all you dykes out there for padding my royalty checks over the years with your home video and DVD purchases of The Hunger." No, you just don't hear it. But Lucy has always been really cool about her lesbian fans, and we do worship her cravenly for it.
After Lucy announced the run, as shown in the picture here, she hung out with her "Xena posse," as she called us, signing autographs and chatting us up.
Very early on, the Cute Little Red-Headed Girlfriend came down with a case of "Lucy Haze," a condition which I believe to be a modern-day variant of the condition once known as "the vapors." It really was overstimulating being around Lucy for so long. You can see just how close we were in the other picture I've posted, which shows Lucy giving us girls what we've always wanted.
There's been some great conversations on the web about the comic book The Filth lately, kicked off by discussion at Unqualified Offerings, with great follow-ups here, among other places. The different perspectives on the topic made me curious about some of the issues that were brought up, including bodily filth, filth and gender, and filth as transgression. So I fired up the Amazon browser and its companion tool, Amazon Light, in order to visually browse book titles with the word "filth" in it. I was entertained to see the list that came up included both Divine Filth: Lost Writings By Georges Bataille and The Filth and the Fury: The Voices of the Sex Pistols. Two old favorites, Bataille and the Sex Pistols. Sounds like great reading to me.
Since I first heard about it, I've been skeptical about the online superhero-themed game, City of Heroes. But since its debut I've heard mostly great things about the game. GameGirlAdvance is running a critique of City of Heroes and what she sees as some of its limitations. Despite all the positive buzz, this comics-inspired game didn't really grab my attention until a gaming co-worker informed me of the forthcoming companion game, City of Villains. The plan is to match players of the two games against each other.
One of my regular reads is the Vertigo comic book Fables, about a colony of storybook characters living in the contemporary world. The last few issues have revealed more about the character Pinocchio, so I decided I would pick up the original story, written by Carlo Collodi. As it turns out, I had read Cory Doctorow's review of a new, illustrated edition of the work on Boing-Boing, and put the book on my Amazon wish list. My friend Joe saw it there and got it for me for my birthday.
I knew the original Pinocchio would be different from the Disney version I was familiar with, but I was still surprised by how episodic the story was. I was expecting the book to be darker than Disney, but I'd forgotten how dreamlike and random-seeming the action in fairy tales can be. This fragmentary aspect of the narrative can be seen even in the Disney movie, which lacks the strong story arc of the animated Snow White or Cinderella.
Artist Gris Grimley's illustrations bring to life some of the more magical details of the work, like a poodle that drives a magical carriage drawn by a hundred white mice. You can see samples from the book and other artwork at his web site, as long as you have the Flash 6 plug-in.
Boing-Boing reported on these hand-knit superhero costumes by artist Mark Newport, which are going to appear in an art show in Seattle called Superhero Pantheon. The daredevil costume shown here is just so precious! I imagine Wayne Bruce over at Heroes and Villains would love to get hold of the Batman costume. The artist has also done other fabric art with a superhero theme, including needlepoint samplers of comic book covers and a quilt made out of comic book covers. It reminds me somewhat of the work of fiber artist Becky Schaefer, whose work deals with gender and gaming.