Sunday, March 29, 2009

Who Killed Jenny?

For all you that haven't been able to let go of this lesbian version of clue, fret not. There may just be some more options or clues for you. Showtime is doing this thing, where they release a different interrogation tape every week. Sgt. Duffy (played by Lucy Lawless) interviews each character individually in order to get to the bottom of this alleged homOcide. For those of you who are experiencing withdrawal check them out. Though i can already assure you that they are as bad as the season they follow, and will probably leave more questions than answers.

It's fine by me, I already know who killed Jenny . . .

It was me!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

TransAmerica and the Castration of Max Sweeney

Now of all the horrific attempts to bow out of The L Word the Max Sweeney storyline was one that bothered me the most. Max Sweeney has been one of the most complex characters to enter LGBT television. Frankly I'd have to say it was quite premature. The L Word big wigs never seemed to have the writing capabilities for a character like that, and of course not the time. Now since the introduction of Moira Sweeney, viewers have debated and laughed because her butch "hickness" was all too real and all too out of place. She entered a group of glamorous lipstick lesbians, where even the ones who were non-working and broke were chic and clad in couture. She just didn't fit, but still was a comedic balance to the ever annoying Jenny Schecter (who i personally love to hate).

Eventually the direction of the character went from over-the-top butch to someone struggling with their sexual identity. Still things we could follow and even relate to. The series goes on to chronicle the alienation, ignorance and bigotry that follow those of Trans Experience. All things we need to see. But in true Chaiken fashion the storyline takes a turn fro the worse. So Max is a man not a woman, we get it-- but on a Lesbian drama to take Max through the sexual dysphoria that follows turns us off to a potentially wonderful character. Max then struggled with sexual desires towards men and women and takes the viewers through an emotional rollercoaster of mild understanding , to confusion, to utter disgust. Instead of taking a prime opportunity to educate us on any aspects of Trans life, she decides to turn this character into a freak. So know we hate the character and groan when he's onscreen.

Season 5 began and Max pursues a monogamous relationship with Tom, Jody's interpreter. A bit annoying but to gay men right? Not too bad. Even though at this point it's obvious Max has decided not to got through with the surgery, but he's still taking his "T" and now benching massive weight. Ha. Ha. So besides the big contradiction of the prior season with trying to raise awareness to this community, the actual surgery is written off as "a really serious irreversible procedure. " No shit! Anyhow the real K.O.D (kiss of death) is the irreversible season 6 . . .
The final season of The L Word the ultimate insult is added when Max first enters the scene. The werewolf formerly known as Max Sweeney is a dramatized caricature. Is this suppose to prove that Max is a real man? As i laughed myself off a chair i had to think that Chaiken has one hell of a sense of humor, and that she was going to jump from behind a prop and shout "Gotcha, this has been a spoof, and the real final season is coming right about now. . ." It never happened and I'm no longer laughing. To add insult to injury they incorporate some unoriginal Thomas Beatie bullshit. Really, i mean really -- Because America needed another pregnant Trans-Man? So on top of everything that goes wrong with this character, he's now pregnant.

Here's where i play devil's advocate, and ask all those stupid, ignorant but much need questions.

First of all, from what I've known about people of trans experience, it is not likely that they feel comfortable or are even capable of sexual activity with their biological -er parts. If you've felt like a man in the wrong body all you life, once you come to terms with this, do you still use your "lady parts?" Doubtful. But i may uneducated in the matter. So let's say you re sexually active pre-op, post-"T". . .you are feeling more like a man with a few glitches, are you going to have vaginal intercourse, and go totally against everything you are working towards, being counseled for, paying for? Doesn't make much sense.

So let's say you are the type of Trans-Man who DOES carry on this way. And you prefer sex the traditionally heterosexual way, and you end up pregnant. . . Do i call you sir or ma'am. Because generally i wouldn't refer to anyone whose pregnant as sir, and i do think its a lot to ask of someone to process a such a complex scenario. Opinions aside, i do wonder how common this very situation is. Thomas Beatie was another (real-life) pregnant transman, but he too exploited himself fro the sake of an audience.

What doesn't sit well with me is that we as an LGBT community have to overcome more than enough hurdles. We have to deal with being harassed, leered at, and disrespected. The trans-community gets a great amount of the intolerance and are often made to be the biggest freaks. So when they fight, and rally for tolerance and understanding its a big deal. An even bigger deal is when these issues are publicly contradicted. It's confusing for people to fathom the idea of someone who wants to be a man having vaginal sex, or a working uterus, or a fertilized egg--and still identifying as a man.

I really wonder what the Trans community feels about this, the character, the real life model, and how the world interprets and in turns reacts to this community.

Any thoughts? Leave them here . . .or email me @

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Last Couple Standing!

Im a being my usual "Spazie" self in rooting for Talice? I mean was the proof not in the pudding? Tasha and Alice are the strongest couple to survive our lesbian train wreck formally known as The L Word. Ok so The L has kept us glued to the telly for six years straight because it chock full of more drama than a soap opera . . .but geez do we deserve this? Its been so bad that I've felt this tug of remorse for even starting this blog to honor it. That aside, there are some interesting concepts. Im going to bring you all up to speed on characters without any spoilers, lets see if it can be done:
Creepy Schecter
Self - destructive Shane
Ambitious Tina
Tested Bette
Tempted Tasha
Everlasting Alice
Screwed up Schecter
Skeptical Helena
Determined Dylan
Naughty Nikki
Maternal Max
Tri-Curious Kit
And Deatbeat Tom
With guest appearances by
Skanky Kelly
& Cold hearted Jodi
. . .Look out for the Lawful Lucy Lawless next week.
That's the final season ladies.
There were some moments that I loved, and ill be sure to go n2 full detail after the finale. Just wanted to stop and and alert the public that I've been watching and I have a lot to say! Lets keep our fingers crossed for Carmen and if there is no love connection there, we deserve the eye candy! Lezzys in the tristate area, plz don't forget that the finale party will be held here in NYC at Mansion! Email or Comment me for details or you can just stop by the HRC website. This party is looking to be as hot as the premiere, don't miss it! More to come, sooner than l8r. Peace,, Love and happy watching! -Spaz