Life comes to us in a series of glorious and tragic moments, ones that are for the most part overlooked in our overextended lives. Even when we think we are at our most centered we miss things. We are, more often than not, living in a truth we have created for ourselves but life has a way of snapping us back to reality. That is certainly how the 2016 election cycle has gone for me.
The Laughing Lesbian founder, Emily Krawczyk interviews SOLD film producer Jane Charles about the changes in advocacy in feature films and the deep personal connection she has to the film and the message it carries. SOLD is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick, directed by Jeffery Brown, produced by Emma Thompson and Jane Charles, and stars Gillian Anderson, Seema Biswas, Susmita Mukherjee and David Arquette.
On Thursday, June 2nd, The Laughing Lesbian Founder Emily Krawczyk, attended a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. While there, she met with world-renowned actress, Gillian Anderson, to present a donation for the St. Ann's Warehouse Gala Fund on behalf of the publication. Krawczyck met with briefly with Anderson after her performance, and The Laughing Lesbian wants to share the experience with you!
We need to talk. About the Kardashians. As I was perusing Facebook this afternoon I saw a post that a friend who I usually consider to be pretty enlightened shared on their facebook wall. The text of the post, as delivered by a group titled “Expand your Consciousness”, is as follows: “Malala Yousafzai & Kylie Jenner. Both turned 18 recently. One was given a Ferrari and spent thousands on facial modification. The other was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, survived a gunshot to the face by the Taliban due to corruption in her country, and opened a school for Syrian refugees to combat the lack of education for youth around the world. What’s upsetting is the media is only covering one of these stories as “breaking news”. Share the post to spread real love and inspiration across the youth of the world. Last thing to note, Malala is infinitely more beautiful!”
Focus Features just announced a brand new fellowship to continue the building of their legacy in Hollywood as a diverse company that celebrates all walks of life- and tries to represent them. In a partnership with Film Independent’s Project Involve, Focus Features is launching at $10,000 fellowship for a trans filmmaker. The Lili Elbe Fellowship, named after the real life inspiration behind The Danish Girl, will provide winning participates with a $10,000 grant and opportunities for mentorship under the industry’s top talent, including Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitville Station) and Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Carol).
The 88th annual Academy awards are right around the corner. We all know about them; we all hear about them endlessly. The be all, end all of Hollywood awards, they are. I personally gave up on the Oscars years ago. I find them to be dreadfully boring. What speaks to me about cinema as an art is not how many accolades those pieces receive from "The Institution", but whether it speaks to me on a personal level. Did I wake up thinking about a film the day after I've watched it? Did I feel the need to tell others about it? Did it do something for my understanding of a situation or a group of people or a happening in history? There are many ways in which I gauge the success of a film- none of which have anything to do with a beautiful gold statuette or a group of rich, entitled white people golf-clapping for it.
We’ve all seen them- those wonderful little memes that sum us women up by our shape, whether it’s a message of affirmation, or a message of shame. Some are fat shaming, some are thin shaming, some are simply reaffirming that we come in all shapes and we all have the capacity to be beautiful regardless of what the size tag on our trousers says.
We have all seen it: the new ad campaigns featuring plus size women, the expensive new bathing suits that accentuate the good features and hide the bad. Its all the rage: fat is the new sexy. And as much as I should be thrilled by this new mentality- I am not. Fat isn’t the new sexy.
Fat has always been sexy.
Who the hell gets to dictate what is sexy and isn’t? Since when isn’t a curvaceous woman beautiful? Why are we just now realizing that ALL women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful? So you have a thigh gap! That’s great! You are beautiful. I don’t have a thigh gap. In reality I spend more money on jeans because of chub rub than I care to admit but I really don’t think that makes me any more or any less sexy. While I do appreciate the stance in singling out a body type that has been shamed, it is in fact doing the same thing to other body types. If fat is the new sexy then what happens to the skinny girls? Are skinny girls still sexy?
Body shaming is real and its victims are not just fat girls, they are skinny, short, tall, freckled, pale, colored and in reality, anything that is not text book “perfect.” Women are perfect just because of who we are. We are diverse, we are unique and every type of women should be celebrated because that type of woman is beautiful.
So no, I do not think fat is the new sexy, fat has always been sexy just like every other type of body. Can we just celebrate women in general instead of picking a “body type of the week?” Women are sexy. Period.
International Woman’s Day
I am not going to lie, I didn’t know today was “International Woman’s Day” and to be honest I am a bit surprised that we are only celebrating for one day. On The Laughing Lesbian we celebrate women every single day. I wrote a few drafts for a post today but was not happy with any of them. I do not posses adequate words for how I feel about women: all women and everything we stand for. So, I have decided to let who we are celebrating speak for me instead.