Catherine Cleary Wolters begs to differ on a few key points.
For example, while Wolters is very clear on the fact that she and Piper Kerman never got back together romantically, the show is, if anything, downplaying the amount of sex in general that goes on.
“Usually what you would do was have sex in your jail rooms,” she explains. “You’d have sex anywhere you could: the tennis court, the outdoor squash court, or the rake pile. Anyplace! When the guards aren’t around all bets are off. Everyone goes to it!”
The show does seem to be accurate in portraying the she-said/she-said controversies on whether or not Alex ratted Piper out, which Wolters says in real life was more of a mutual and simultaneous thing.
“I named her, she named me, and we all named each other. Fact was, we all thought we were doing the right thing, confessing, getting protection, and saving ourselves from certain death at the hands of a Nigerian drug lord who we knew would soon find we had all been arrested.”
… But Kerman sees things a little differently. In her response, she says,
Before pleading guilty, I received a copy of Cleary’s “proffer,” her official statement to the U.S. Attorney about her crimes—and in her proffer she implicated me for the crime I committed. When I plead guilty I was required to provide my own proffer—I could not possibly have described my crime without mentioning Cleary.
Wolters also says the timeline of her relationship was different than is portrayed in the show, that it was the drug-running that led to romance and not the other way around. (Nevertheless: Not a recommended technique for finding a girlfriend.) Wolter’s follow-up to that statement, that she and Piper were always friends with benefits, and not girlfriends, leads to a painful little moment worthy of the show in Kerman’s response:
If Cleary believes we were never girlfriends, that is startling news to me, though it’s certainly not the first time she has surprised me.
Acclaimed comedienne and burlesque performer Scout Durwood is your next big crush. Not only was she named one of The Huffington Post’s “20 Burlesque Stars to Know,” but she’s a Moth Story Slam Champion and her work has been featured on The Mindy Project. As if being multi-talented weren’t enough this self-identified “full on homo” is also all kinds of hot.
Last week Durwood premiered her “Lesbian First Date” video and we knew we had to chat with her. She talked with us about what makes lesbians mockable, the difference between stand-up and storytelling and her appearance on A Shot At Love.
Last Friday, at Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City, the Feminist Press celebrated the publication of the first biography on Valerie Solanas’s life, Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol). Researched for over 10 years, author Breanne Fahs was interviewed by former Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman about the book’s making, as well as her objectives as the biographer of a woman who remained mysterious most of her life.
Plus Ellen Page at the MTV Movie Awards and more.
Sexuality is a damned hard thing to wrap our minds around, and certainly to agree upon. Very often public figures comment on their own identities and the queer community feels ownership and pride—until those identities change. Anne Heche might be the most infamous when it comes to having dated Ellen DeGeneres and later saying she “changed her mind” about being gay. Just this week, Jessie J took to Twitter to say her own bisexuality was a phase.
While it’s true that celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to their own private life and identities, it’s hard not to be affected by their statements, especially when they echo the kinds of arguments that opponents of equality use against us. So this week’s Huddle is all about that: Was there someone whose reneging on their sexuality particularly disappointed you?
Oh, South Carolina, bless your little soul for consistently producing some of the most truly head-scratching stories of ignorance in the country. The most recent example? The University of South Carolina Upstate is canceling a performance called How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less, because, apparently, no one has a sense of humor. State Senator Mike Fair seems to believe that the show is a “recruiting” event and, to be honest, I actually have no words to respond to that.
Senator Fair, I hate to break it to you, but we don’t actually recruit. If we did, however, I think our field guide might look something like this.
I chatted with Jaime Murray and Stephanie Leonidas about Doc Yewll’s ex-wife and their picks for the AfterEllen Hot 100.
We are wary of lesbian villains, and for good reason. When the Motion Picture Production code, also called the Hays Code after the real piece of work that enforced it, was established in 1930, it created an atmosphere of fear and mistrust of gay characters for decades to come. Gay characters were considered deviant, and thus, no good could come to them. Seriously, no good. It’s written into the damn code. Perversion must be punished. (The excellent documentary, The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, talks about the Code at length and gives a history LGBTQ characters from the origins of film through the late ’90s.) This is where the “Dead Lesbian” trope comes into play. Since lesbian and bisexual characters could not be seen as sympathetic, we become unrequited spinsters and obsessive villainesses.
Even after the Code was done away with in the late sixties, the damage had been done and queer characters continued to occupy the darker spaces of film. We were murderers, manipulative psychos, and predatory lesbians.
Here are a list of our 7 style icons of 2014. And, it’s not just the clothes that make the lesbian. From Cara Delevigne’s seductively assertive eyebrows to Robin Roberts‘ vibrant smile, each woman’s unique women’s fashion sense speaks to various aspects of their individual being.