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• Jewelle Gomez  // Jewelle Gomez is the author of 7 books including the lesbian vampire classic novel, The Gilda Stories. Her new play about James Baldwin will be produced in September 2011. Follow her on Twitter: VampyreVamp. Or her website: www.jewellegomez.com

29 Feb Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Feminizing the Masculine

Feminizing the Masculine

Feminizing the Masculine

I never thought David Bowie would ever die. He was otherworldly in ways that made him seem outside the stream of time or reality. His morphing into multiple characters made his art more than just music and was stunning, puzzling and intriguing to those of us watching and listening in the 1970s. But most dramatic […]

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15 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Suffering and Sufferage

Suffering and Sufferage

Suffering and Sufferage

Making a film about ‘women’s issues’ is always risky business. That’s been true since the first reel unwound in a darkened theatre. Men make up names about them—weepies, chic flicks—in order to dismiss and disparage the idea that women might sometimes see and react to the world differently from men. Despite the danger of critical […]

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16 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Just say YES to Resting Bitch Face

Just say YES to Resting Bitch Face

Just say YES to Resting Bitch Face

I imagine I’m behind the times but I just read an article in the NY Times about a phenomenon apparently afflicting women around the country: Resting Bitch Face or RBF. I figure if it’s in the NYT it must already be passé and I know I rarely can keep up with things I’m actually interested […]

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24 May Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Why We Need a Good Feminist Rant

Why We Need a Good Feminist Rant

Why We Need a Good Feminist Rant

Discrimination is so deeply imbedded in U.S. Culture few of us notice from one day to the next. Even those of us who are experiencing it. Maybe we notice the headlines that blare at us when so many young Black men in a row are killed by police officers and their communities erupt in impotent […]

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11 Mar Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Awards Season – a Lesbian Feminist Perspective

Awards Season – a Lesbian Feminist Perspective

Awards Season – a Lesbian Feminist Perspective

I am one of those people who pulls down her shades, turns the phone ringer off and tweets to only a select few in a circle of friends who watch awards ceremonies on television. I know I’m supposed to be too political, too lesbian, too mature, too sophisticated but I love watching. It started when […]

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23 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Leslie Feinberg and LGBTQ Allyship

Leslie Feinberg and LGBTQ Allyship

I had lunch with Leslie in the early 1990s as she was preparing Stone Butch Blues for publication. Leslie was still formulating her ideas about personal pronouns, about writing, about movements and we discussed her book and the main character from a lesbian feminist perspective. (Please see her partner MinnieBruce Pratt’s discussion of Leslie’s pronoun […]

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Embrace Your Inner ‘Cranky Old Lesbian’

Embrace Your Inner ‘Cranky Old Lesbian’

Whatever you plan…it happens…if you’re lucky. I have my Medicare card and as much gray hair as any women in my family ever had. So going to the July gathering of OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) in Oakland was both unnerving and inspiring. OLOC, founded in 1989, is the only organization devoted to old […]

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30 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Lily Tomlin – Better Than Ever at 74

Lily Tomlin – Better Than Ever at 74

Lily Tomlin – Better Than Ever at 74

Several years ago I had the opportunity to interview performer, Lily Tomlin on stage as a benefit for The New Conservatory Theatre Centre. A fan since the 1960s, I was so excited I was afraid I’d float away before I could sit down on stage. As I prepared I thought about so many decades ago […]

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Need a Lift?

Need a Lift?

I eagerly watched a late night PBS show about television comediennes (no we don’t really need a feminization of the word comedian), happy to catch a glimpse the classic bits of humour that filled the airwaves as I was coming of age. Carol Burnett’s parody of Gone With The Wind in which she wears curtains […]

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20 Feb Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

If an out gay man can be in a football locker room the question isn’t: should the guys hide their junk—the real question is what is masculinity? How much of that destructive, artificial construction will we continue to abide by? Men who work in jobs that depend heavily on the myths of masculinity are always […]

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