Who Got My Hot 100 Votes

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Last year, AfterEllen.com decided to put together a list of the 100 women that lesbians and bisexual women found most attractive. The list, know as the AfterEllen Hot 100, came together in response to Maxim Magazine's list of the most desirable women. AfterElton.com also got in on the act, putting together their own list of the hottest guys according to gay and bisexual men.

This year, AfterEllen.com has put together another Hot 100 list, along with four countdown videos describing the appeal of each listee. Voting this year was done by write-in ballot, with 10 slots available. The instructions said to nominate "the hottest women on the planet," which I found amusing because so many of my entries were inspired by scifi characters, who live mainly in space. Here's the 10 women I voted for, in alphabetical order:

Victoria Abril's cute faceVictoria Abril
Abril is a Spanish actor probably best known to U.S. audiences for her appearances in several Pedro Almodovar films. She's played lesbian or bisexual characters in films such as Gazon Maudit (French Twist) and 101 Reykjavik. Besides being a talented comic actor, she's a trained dancer with lovely sinuous legs.

Chaves-Jacobsen in RazorStephanie Chaves-Jacobsen
In the two-hour Battlestar Galactica special, Razor, Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen played Kendra Shaw, the solider forced into hard tutelage under the dominating Admiral Helena Cain, played by Michelle Forbes. Although I liked Razor's ending, I wish there was some way for Chaves-Jacobsen's character to return. Lacking that, I'm going to keep an eye out for her in other productions.

Helfer as NatalieTrish Helfer
Battlestar Galactica is such a cornucopia of lesbian delight--I could easily have voted for all of the regular female actors on the show. But I only had 10 votes, so I gave mine to the incredibly dishy Trish Helfer. She plays the femme-bot model number Six on BSG. The audience sees several distinct Sixes on the show; I'm partial to the Six named Natalie, pictured here. With such incredible women on the show I sometimes think BSG's creators must really love their lesbian audience; then an unclothed Gauis Baltar will show up on screen and I realize, no, I am mistaken.

Holloman beams playing TinaLaurel Holloman
Many lesbians complain about character inconsistencies on the show The L Word. But if it weren't for that inconsistency, I probably wouldn't have voted for Laurel Holloman, because her character on the show, Tina, would still be on my shit list. But Tina made a big rebound in the last season and Holloman worked it to the max. She appeared confident, stylish and sexy. Holloman is also a self-described bisexual, which may be why I've never heard her make any intentional or unintentional homophobic comments in personal interviews. Many hotness points to you, Laurel, for understanding your lesbian fans.
Place on the AE 2008 Hot 100 List: 13

Lawless with shy smileLucy Lawless
I like reading books about the theater, especially when they describe famous performances of the past. It's the only way to relive what it would have been like to see great stage performers bring to life the roles that made them famous. But it's also sad to think those moments cannot be fully experienced in the present, because nothing, not even film, can truly capture what it feels like to be in the presence of someone with star quality or outstanding personal charisma. Likewise, I sometimes feel sad thinking about lesbians of earlier times because they will never, ever be able to experience the smoldering sexual power that emanates from Lucy Lawless in person. It's one of those existential issues that's too sad and disturbing to contemplate for very long--like the fate of the poor unborn babies in limbo--so I push the thought to the back of my brain and try to be thankful that I live in such a blessed era.
Place on the AE 2008 Hot 100 List: 16

Author Ariel LevyAriel Levy
I saw Ariel Levy on The Colbert Report one night being smart and became enamored with her. It's a bit perverse putting Levy on this list, since she's the author of a very though-provoking book, called Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, which argues that women have adopted male chauvinist behaviors like, uh, creating Hot 100 lists. Even if voting for Levy makes me a bit piggy, it's also proof of what an old-school dyke I am. After all, the woman discussed hardcore feminism for ten minutes on national TV and I was completely bewitched. I recommend reading her book (yes, I read it after seeing her), which incidentally starts with a Susan Sontag quote, giving her additional hotness points from me.

Matlin in a blue dressMarlee Matlin
I like bossy women. Matlin's character on The L Word, Jodi, was a big, big bowl of bossy. I have never met Marlee Matlin personally, so I don't know if she herself is bossy; when I watched her on Dancing With The Stars, she seemed intelligent, determined and driven. Matlin also has a fine, taut body, which her dancing costumes made the most of. I especially loved her in the tiger-print dress. And of course, who can forget her end-of-season "fuck me" scene on The L Word? Begging will get you everywhere, Marlee.

O'Connor singing on stageRenee O'Connor
Although I identify myself as a Xena: Warrior Princess fan, while the show was on it might as well have been called Gabrielle: Warrior in Need of Female Assistance--that's how focused I was on Renee O'Connor's character. Since then, I've followed O'Connor's every movement career and been enthused by her decision to take on independent projects, including movies and stage plays. DIY and artistic cred = major hotness.
Place on the AE 2008 Hot 100 List: 21

Streep wearing purpleMeryl Streep
There is a contingent of lesbians who have it bad for Meryl, and I count myself among them. I suspect lesbian attraction for Meryl might be a generational thing. I imagine it's that group of dykes whose maturation process--from girlhood to womanhood, from closeted adolescence to out lesbian--roughly corresponds to the rise of Meryl's film career. Plus the fact that anyone who can emote as hard as Meryl is going to be a totally awesome bottom.
Place on the AE 2008 Hot 100 List: 91

Torres on FireflyGina Torres
Another woman who has distinguished herself in my mind primarily through scifi and other genre shows. I loved her as the second-in-command on Firefly and as the bad ass on Alias. She's great at anything that involves punching or shooting. Torres also has a radiant smile and possesses a womanly quality that I find very attractive. The word "womanly" is hard to define, but I think it means the capacity to appear feminine without being girlish, and it implies a certain knowingness as well.

11 Comments

Gina Torres is yummy.... I have loved her since that dreadful but silly campy cleopatra 2525...

Anyway, any list that doesn't include Isabella Rossallini or Catherine Deneuve is bunk...

And, Tina Fey as #1, are you kidding me?!?

Boo.

Hey kiri,

I watched Cleopatra 2525 too. I think I also saw Gina Torres at a Xena convention promoting the show, but I'm not certain.

It seems like write-in voting gives TV actors a real boost on the list. Contrary to what we've been taught, I guess familiarity breeds hotness.

There were a lot of older women who weren't on the list who should have been there. Catherine Deneuve, as you suggest, Mary McDonnell, Diane Keaton, Lena Olin, and so on. Not sure how that can be remedied or if it is just part and parcel of making these kinds of lists.

Hey!

I love this, "...able to experience the smoldering sexual power that emanates from Lucy Lawless in person". Ain't that the truth! Great writing! Thanks for the great blog. Charis.xX

Why don't you just say so? You like smart jewish women. And yes, why wasn't Lena Olin on there. siiiighhh

Definitely second Mary McDonnell. Love me some Madame President, sure hope she gets an emmy nod...

All lovely and seemingly talented woman. I think I turned a corner after age 50 without knowing it, though. I know very few of these women. I guess, in my case, after a certain age, I stopped making a 'list.' I suppose my list would be composed of mostly 40 and over gals whom I admired (like Lucy and Meryl..Marlee I admire for overcoming our culture's prejudice. In my 20's, 30's and 40's I was an ardent follower of the media culture, what's hot what's not-- but it seems to have fallen to the way side. The 'bowing out' factor may be taking place at age 57. Wait--I just perked up with the image of Juliette Binoche--okay maybe one more list to make. Great blogs Teresa. I know more read them--they should comment on all this creativity!

Hi Charis! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, or maybe I should say testifying, to the glory of the fLawless one.

Dear Cute Little Red Headed Girlfriend--

The answer to your question is, "Because I don't want to sound like a matzoh queen."

kiri--
Isn't the phrase "Madame President" sexy? I also heard her being called "Sir" on last night's ep. It's her reserve that really gets me.

Hi Fran,

Thanks for your comment and for the compliment about my writing. I appreciate it. You know, I didn't vote on the After Ellen list last year. It seemed kind of un-lesbian to me to create a list. But then the list came out, and the mainstream media responded to it, so this year I wanted to have my say so. It's still a little weird to me, the emphasis on physicality, and numbering, but I found that going through the exercise of creating a list made me think about various issues like age and respect and youth and image--and that was worthwhile to me.

I can't believe you didn't include Siouxsie. But, I forgive you...

{smooch}

J.

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