I’m working on another new remix series: The Queering of Sex and the City. (Working title, let me know if you have something better). It seems to be going a lot smoother thanks to single-source materials.
This fall is “the lowest point in a decade for lesbian/bi visibility in fictional film and TV,”. Limited visibility has always been an issue, but things seemed hopeful with shows like The L Word and, well, The L Word. But with said TV show now off the air, I am reminded of the time when there was no visibility for alternative solutions to companionship and hetero was the coupling norm.
Amazingly under such media-malnourished conditions (or as a result of), women gathered and taught each other tech and a/v skills to create supplements to these normative story lines. They queered existing hetero-normative main stream media shows. These original remixers were fans of particular shows and their commitment to that programs characters and premise provided the impetus for the practice.The current dismal media landscape brings my thoughts back and inspiration back to this early vidding history and in particular, slash vidding.
I had been a fan of Sex and the City but was too young to understand many of the innuendos when it originally aired in 1998. Upon recently revisiting the show, I now understand them and cringe, 6 years after the final episode.
Honestly, the show is amazing and quite ground braking for several reasons, many of which will be listed in a future post. If the four women weren’t referencing men, marriage, and mild-misogyny all the time it would be even better (a problem that got worse with the show’s age).
Do I want them all to be radical lesbian separatists? No. That would severely limit the artisan shoe selection. But I would like to see women talking with other women about things other than relationships with f*cked up men. An ironic twist of heterodoxy wouldn’t hurt.
Season by season, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte will continue their pseudo-anthropological quest to make sense of socio-sexual relationships but this time, they’ll be learning from their previous mistakes. While they experiment with same-sex coupling, I’ll be rewriting the hetero source material to offer a new gay show. I’ll let you know how it all works out…