I have some thoughts on the proposed return of The L Word and most of them are not particularly good. I want to preface this by saying I know that the show was enormously important to lots of people and I don’t want to take that away. I also know that it was a welcome shift in a post Queer as Folk world for a show to focus so exclusively and explicitly on female sexuality and same sex desire. I don’t want to write a polemic on something that made queer female experience visible in a way which provided enormous support for some viewers. The show talked openly about many aspects of female sexuality, it challenged heteronormative relationship constructs and addressed political issues of its time, such as the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. However, I have some serious reservations about the handling of bisexuality and trans experience in the show and in this piece I revisit and expand upon some thoughts I touched on an earlier piece What About the 'B' Word? about bivisibility in mainstream television.
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