Welcome to this week’s dispatch from the lesbian internet, a mid-week news roundup from Paging Dr. Lesbian. If you like this type of thing, subscribe, and share it with your friends.
Good afternoon. Per Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya’s recommendation (don’t read this if you haven’t watched the first ep), I’ve begun watching the Showtime series Yellowjackets, and I’m here to tell you it’s very good. It is kind of about cannibalism, so if you can’t handle a little gore – definitely don’t watch it! It follows a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes in the woods in 1995. So far we’ve seen three timelines: the girls’ lives leading up to the crash, the aftermath of the crash itself, and some of the women’s lives in the present day. It’s creepy, darkly funny, and there is at least one lesbian character. (I smell hints of further queerness but have no confirmation of this yet). Plus, the first episode is directed by Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama. Watch at your own risk, obviously.
If you happened to have missed it, resident unhinged bisexual Aubrey Plaza has released a children’s book called The Legend of the Christmas Witch, and in order to promote this book, she has been going on talk shows dressed as a witch and also cackling like one. In this interview with Colbert, she becomes possessed by the spirit of the Christmas Witch, and in this one, I think she legitimately frightens the hosts of The Today Show. More recently, she was doing a book signing and her fans asked her about the lesbian Christmas movie The Happiest Season, in which she (co)stars. Aubrey Plaza says “There’s going to be another one. Because my character deserves love too.” I have no idea if this is a real thing that will happen or if Aubrey is just saying stuff, but I would certainly pay…some amount of money to see this movie get made.
I’ve read some things this week that I wanted to share with you. First, this piece, from Alex V. Green, about The rise of the he/they and the notion that queer people who were once comfortable with masculinity have begun to move away from normative gender identification. Also, this piece, from Becca Stickler, (who has written for this newsletter), about How the USPS Shaped Lesbian Literature and the ways in which postal service censorship essentially created the now-famous tragic tropes of lesbian pulp novels. I was happy to see that this article was published in Into, a queer magazine that suddenly shut down in 2019 and appears to have been resuscitated.
One last thing that brought me joy this week: this inexplicable (gay) mashup that features Cate Blanchett as Taylor Swift albums.
That’s all for this week, folks! Stay tuned for more. I will leave you with this image of lesbian grizzly bear moms. (Via Twitter).