Mar 3, 2021
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, care to join us for a Clandestine Glove Lunch? Vera, Katie, and Livy are pining and yearning in Minisode 31: Coming Out of the Corset, a discussion of Hollywood’s hottest new genre: Lesbian Period Dramas! We take five recent examples: The Handmaiden, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Ammonite, The Favourite, and Carol, and explore their similarities in structure, tone, symbols, and themes, as we wrestle with some burning questions like, why are these women always so sad and cold? Plus: the provocative sex scene setpieces that have become a genre staple, the female gaze and how it shifts when queer women are involved in front of and behind the camera, and the failures of this new genre to depict a full range of historial lesbian experiences. Plus: squid sex, the gift of Rachel Weisz, and Patricia Highsmith’s snail collection!