Media

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We welcome your suggestions of websites, books, films and any other media of interest to lesbians and queer women.

Enjoying The Breaker Upperers
A new (old) book: Despised and Rejected
Blogs

We appreciate the original cartoons provided by Helen Courtney. This one, Flight of fancy, seems to fit particularly well with Media.

‘Typical’ New Zealand humour? – enjoying The Breaker Upperers

Is it funny? Is it painful? Is it both??

The Breaker Upperers is definitely a buddy movie with a difference. For starters, the buddies are women.

We love Madeleine Sami, of course, and as co-creator and co-lead, she’s engaging the whole time.

The premise is straightforward: sometimes people recognise their relationship isn’t right, but they aren’t good at telling their soon-to-be-ex. (That’s certainly one recognisable Kiwi trait, right there.) So, what do you do? – you find the Breaker Upperers, that’s what, and they do it for you. With more or less elaborate scenarios, and with more or less success. The ‘less success’ is a Kiwi trope, too.

You get what you are looking for in this film, I think. It’s filmed in several Auckland locations, so that will make it familiar to many. It’s full of New Zealand accents and perspectives and senses of humour. Some of that humour is of the painful, embarrassing kind … and that has overwhelmed other content for some.

But if you want to enjoy a good laugh, provoke yourself to think about interpersonal relationships, and friendship, and support a unique NZ take on a ‘buddy’ movie, go and see it.

Also look out for: Karen O’Leary as a fab police officer!

Looking for more online? Start with their promo website; clicking on any of the links will take you to the movie website, with national listing dates.

Not sure about my perspective? – read reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  View the trailer on YouTube or other YouTube link. They are also on Facebook and Instagram. AK

A new (old) book: Despised and Rejected

Persephone Books are a publisher and bookshop in London, specialising in “neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers”.

Despised and Rejected is one of the new spring/summer publications. First published in 1918, before the end of WWI, it has “strong themes of opposition to war, acceptance of homosexuality, tolerance of others”.

The central character is Dennis, gay, who becomes a conscientious objector. He is close friends with Antoinette, “who has not realised she is lesbian but is unabashed when she does”. Dennis, in contrast, agonises. The novel “was much ahead of its time in its depiction of homosexual love and desire, in Antoinette’s ‘crushes’ and slow acceptance that she won’t be able to be in love with a man, in its honest attitude to the war, and in the radical way it links maleness with belligerence and being gay with the refusal to kill”.

The book is clearly worth reading. Also interesting is its legal fate: published late May 1918, it received a “polite review” in the Times Literary Supplement in June. In October there was a two-day trial of the publisher. The prosecution was explicitly in relation to the pacifism; the press reporting at the time (see above), noting that it was not an ‘obscenity’ trial, quoted a description of the work as ‘morally unhealthy and most pernicious’. Remaining copies of the work (800 had been sold) were seized and destroyed. Note, this was 10 years before The Well of Loneliness was banned, and just days before the armistice (11 November 1918).

Read more on the Persephone website, and check their full publication list. Visit them if you are in London.

Quotes are from the publisher.
AK

Blogs and pages you’ll like

Who are you reading?  Here’s our blog roll; send us links for other lesbian blogs.

Blogs and sites from Aotearoa

The Charlotte Museum “The Charlotte Museum Trust is part of a network of archives preserving lesbian culture for the benefit and understanding of future generations in New Zealand. This is where the Charlotte Museum blogs about her exhibitions, events, archives and lesbian history.”
Making a Peanut, chronicles Grace & Em’s baby making adventures, and a collection of information that may help fellow kiwi lesbians navigate the road to motherhood.
We don’t have to be the building, a blog about Sian Torrington’s project of the same name, about lesbian, bi-sexual, queer female bodied, trans* and female identified activists both 30 years ago during Homosexual Law Reform, and now” who are telling our personal stories as a form of activism”. Sian drew and interviewed lesbian, queer and trans* women for an exhibition in Wellington in 2016 and Auckland in 2017.
Renée’s Wednesday Busk
He Hōaka Kim Mcbreen’s queer Māori political blog.
Out There Pat Rosier’s perceptive comments on her reading and the writing process, the last posts very poignant after her death in 2014.
The Hand Mirror Lesbian, queer and other feminist writing by a variety of bloggers.
Egg Venturous Claire Gummer’s whimsical writing about her backyard chooks and beyond.
Butch on Butch A Facebook page of photographs and comments.
I’m local Info and resources for queer & gender diverse youth around Aotearoa.

Blogs from elsewhere

Carolyn Gage A playwright, also a writer of lengthy and thoughtful blog posts.
diva grp2Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA) Fiji An active group of young lesbians linking their human rights with gender, social, ecological and constitutional justice; also on Twitter (@diva4equality).
Feminine Moments – Queer Feminist Art Worldwide An art blog that “presents fine art made by lesbian, bisexual and queer women artists worldwide”.
Isle of Lesbos “A place of art, culture, and learning dedicated to lesbian and bisexual women.”
Lesbians Over Everything A place where lesbians can share our own stories. Segments include “Aaah real lesbians” and “Everyday lesbophobia”.
The Lesbrary “The humble quest to read everything lesbian: a lesbian book blog”. Maintains its own “(Lesbian) Book Blog” roll (16 at last count).
Listening 2 Lesbians A page recording women’s experiences of being abused or silenced as lesbians and of being subjected to misogyny and lesbophobia within and outside the community;news stories on lesbian rights, violence and discrimination against the lesbian community.
Lizzy the Lezzy Lizzy started as an animated stand up comedian. The website hasn’t been updated since 2016, but she also has a Facebook presence.
Not writing but blogging is Stella Duffy, Pākehā Londoner, also on Twitter as @stellduffy.
Robin Morgan is an American poet, author, political theorist and activist, journalist, lecturer and radical feminist.
Sister Outrider is the award winning blog of Claire Heuchan, a Black radical feminist from Scotland, with a website, Facebook and Twitter online presence.
The Total Femme “Your friendly neighborhood femme mom bookworm” has a Meditation for Queer Femmes posted Mondays, links to other blog posts or articles in “Pingy-Dingy Wednesday”, Fridays highlight queer femmes from all walks of life.
Women You Should Know “a digital media property and community all about dynamic women …” with a website and Facebook presence.

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