Thursday, April 30, 2009

YouTube Thursday: Everything orange related

Seeing as today is Queen’s day in the Netherlands – if you don’t know what that entails, don’t ask. Trust me, you are better off not knowing – and in honour of that I thought I’d choose a few vids with an orange theme.

Awesome commercial about Oranges

Who knew oranges were that seductive?

Metal Molly – Orange

Sometimes I miss the nineties with their great guitar music

The OC (Orange County) Melissa and Alex

Such a shame they F-ed this storyline up, because they were very cute together. Not to mention hot.

REM – Orange crush (live)

I think I’ve never mentioned this before, but I’m a big REM fan. Love all their songs, they are amazing live and I think Michael Stipe is the coolest.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

25 Random facts about me – Part II

After my successful 25 random facts about me post, and inspired by @Megelder‘s recent list of randomness about herself, I felt compelled to do another round of random facts about me. Here goes…

1. I do not pay attention to detail. I won’t notice things in my apartment for weeks, let alone see if you are wearing a new sweater or just had your hair done. I’m not being insensitive, I just do not notice.

2. If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life it would probably be shrimp. I love shrimp. A lot. One might get tired of that eventually, so perhaps a better choice would be rice. I could eat meals that include rice every day.

3. Most of Asia would be a perfect place for me to live food wise, only I could never do it because I am really bad with heat. I am always hot anyway, so as soon as the temperature goes above 25 degrees Celsius I go crazy.

4. I am not a very sensitive person, but there’s two things that always make me cry; women I am into and reading Postsecret on Sunday.

5. I can easily watch an entire 24 episode TV series during a single weekend, pausing only for snacks and bathroom breaks. When my friend came to visit me in Germany once, we watched 27 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy the long weekend she was there, and only left the house to go to the pub.

6. I have a soft spot for girls that blush easily and for those with freckles.

7. I don’t have a driver’s license and I will probably never get one either, because I am just too much of a clutch and I can’t multi task. Seriously, talking and making coffee at the same time already is too much for me.

8. I have no sense of direction, but I am so stubborn I always think I know best. Even when I am somewhere I have never been before, I have to stop myself from correcting others.

9. I love reading, anything really. More than reading, I love words and great sentence constructions. I especially love people who are great with the written word. I am not just talking novelists. I can really dig someone for how they formulate their Tweets.

10. The things I wanted to change about myself when I was little are now the things I love about myself the most.

11. I don’t have any living things in my apartment, besides myself. No pets, and not even any plants or flowers. I never miss it, but my visitors do.

12. I sometimes leave the house without looking in the mirror or paying attention to what I am wearing. So far, no huge mishaps have happened, although it is kind of embarrassing arriving at work with toothpaste on your shirt.

13. When I was little I used to have a BMX bike. It was red and cooler than those of most of the boys I knew. I really loved that bike, and was so upset when one of the kids from my street threw it into a ditch.

14. I have an irrational, but very real fear of falling out of rollercoasters and things like ski lifts.

15. It’s been a very long time since I’ve really been in love. I miss that feeling.

16. I never pursue anything that I know I won't be good at or will take me a lot of time and effort to master. Most of the things that I do have pretty much come naturally to me.

17. I love board games and I could play them all the time. I am not at all competitive and do not care if I win or lose. It’s just the act of playing that I love.

18. I have twisted my ankles more times than I can remember and I have had all kinds of minor injuries due to sheer clumsiness. But surprisingly, I have never had any serious injuries *knock on wood*.

19. I secretly admire and envy those people who always see the best in people and try to make the world a better place, even though they also really annoy me.

20. I honestly would not mind is Christmas and all other holidays would disappear.

21. Working for eurOut is one of the coolest, most fun, and most rewarding things I have ever done.

22. I strongly believe in first impressions. If my intuition says bad news I will not even give someone a chance. I have hardly ever been wrong.

23. I like doing puzzles, it’s fun and relaxing. Not crosswords, but those that use maths and make you think. Like Sudoku, only fun. I can do this for hours and not get bored.

24. I get a strange satisfaction when all my books, CDs, DVDs etc. are in alphabetical order.

25. I really like making these lists about myself lol. So there will probably be a Part III.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Because you’re hot: Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku is one of those other ridiculously hot women (in my eyes anyway. Not in yours? What’s wrong with you?) I nominated for AfterEllen’s hot 100 this year, who has never been featured in my Because you’re hot section. How is that possible?

To make up for this huge mistake, here’s lots and lots of lovely pictures of Ms Dushku for you to drool over…Enjoy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Outrage over Freedom of Expression Award winner Nina Karin Monsen

I am a big advocate of freedom of speech. Even though I am often annoyed and sometimes even outraged by the garbage people say both in private and in public, I still feel that everyone has the right to do so. I might not agree with what they are saying, but who are we – as a society - to decide which opinions are more valuable or more worthy of being expressed.

However, there is a huge difference between giving someone the right to broadcast their ignorant, prejudiced and/or hateful opinions, and awarding someone for it. The latter is exactly what has happened in Norway, the country that up until now I’d only envisioned as this beautiful liberal lesbian utopia, where all women are living in total happiness being awesome and hot.

Time for a reality check. Let me explain to you what I am talking about.

There is an award in Norway called the “Freedom of Expression Award” that is handed out each year to someone who’s made an exceptional contribution to sharing their specific opinions and beliefs with the public.

Apparently, it is one of the most prestigious awards you can receive and if generally thought of in high regard. This year’s winner, however, is a controversial choice to say the least.

Nina Karin Monsen is this year’s winner of the FOE award, which comes with a 400,000 crones (a little over 45,000 Euro) cheque for her “reflective and independent contribution to a freer public debate.”

The jury of the Freedom of Expression Award declared, “She is an example of the costs of participating in public debate with independent opinions in a society that is characterized by self-censorship and anxiety about voicing strong opinions about sensitive issues”.

Nina Karin Monsen [Photo: Rune Berentesn/Bergens Tidende]

You might wonder what could possibly be those ‘sensitive issues’ that the jury feels could use some strong opposition? Well, last year Monsen was very active in the public debate about both the gender neutral marriage law (that Norway has since passed) and artificial fertilization for lesbians, claiming things like, “the law would destroy kids as it would deny them the right to a father.”

She has introduced charming terms like “design children” and has been spreading her negative propaganda for years. In addition, she has claimed that homosexual love is inferirior to heterosexual love, and is in fact hedonistic.

Trust me when I say there are many more horrible and ignorant things this woman has had to say over the years. I will not repeat every bit of nonsense that has come out of her mouth, but suffice to say that this is not really the kind of person you want to see rewarded for their despicable behaviour.

This has also been the general opinion, especially from the LGBT community, saying she is in her right to claim the things that she does, but it’s outrageous that someone should be awarded for spouting such discrimination and hate. Giving Monsen the award has also been described as “making a mockery of gays and lesbians, and an attack on the Freedom of Expression values.”

Even though many from the LGBT community have stood up to voice their outrage and disappointed over Monsen receiving the award, one woman in particular is actually trying to do something about it.

Jazz musician Lisa Dillan has put an open call on the website on which she has started a petition. She hopes to collect as many signatures as possible of people who agree Monsen does not deserve the award. The petition will then be handed to the Freedom of Expression people before the official award ceremony takes place on May 5.

Lisa Dillan [Photo: Geir Dillan]

In an interview with Blikk she explains that she started the petition because she has heard some of Monsen’s statements and opinions. “She not only harasses homosexuals, but also prostitutes and men who donate sperm.” “What is so reflective about calling the LGBT community vulgar and demonic?” Dillan asks. She has a really good point.

Dillan explains that for her it is all about the declaration of human rights that is in the Norwegian constitution. Everyone is supposed to be equal with the same rights, and they should all act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood. She feels that a Freedom of Expression award should be given to someone who has worked to uphold these principles, not oppose it.

Besides the website with the petition, Dillan has also started a facebook page. Be sure to visit both sites and let your voice be heard. So far, neither initiative has resulted in a huge number of supporters. I am guessing this is mainly due to a lack of publicity about it, as I find it hard to believe there really aren’t more people outraged about this.

It is very unlikely Monsen will not get her award, but it would be nice to at least see some more public outrage or even official disapproval of those people and institutions that matter.

This article was first published on eurOut.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

You could see it: En La Ciudad

I have seen more than my fair share of lesbian and bisexual movies over the years. Whenever I come across a movie with queer content that I haven’t seen before, I am always a bit suspicious about the film. Because I always figure, had it been a really good movie, I probably would have seen it already.

Luckily, this wasn’t the case with this movie. The reason I hadn’t heard of it before, is probably because it’s not really a queer movie. But don’t worry, it does have some queer content.

En La Ciudad (In the city) is the 2003 Spanish movie about the daily lives of a group of eight friends in their thirties. Their lives are full of secrets and lies, which means especially a lot of sorted love affairs. They like nothing better than to talk to each other about their exciting love lives.

There is Mario who is convinced his wife is cheating on him, therefore, he embarks on an affair of his own. Sofia is not having a love life at all, but she is making an exciting one up. The character we care most about is Irene, who has a loving husband and a son, but cannot help herself when she falls for a woman.

The movie starts with Tomas waking up next to one of his 16-year-old students. She tells him she has a maths exam today, and that last night was the first time she had sex. Lovely. I am trying not to judge the guy, but it is hard.

We then meet all the other characters one by one; we see them with their partners or their various love affairs, or talking to each other about their relationships.

I will spare you all the straight stuff, even though it really is all quite enjoyable to watch. Let’s focus on the two women instead. Irene bumps into an old friend who she hasn’t seen in a couple of years. The two women start talking about their lives and what they have been up to since they last saw each other.

They decide to meet for lunch the next day. During lunch, they talk about Irene’s husband and child, and her friend’s girlfriend, and engage in other kinds of small talk. After that, they keep bumping into each other.

Meanwhile things aren’t going very well with Irene’s relationship. She isn’t happy with her husband and she even doesn’t want to have children with him anymore. So she looks up her lesbian friend, like you do.

They skip over all of the good stuff, and go straight to the morning after. WTF! It’s the whole reason I am watching this movie. I guess the writers didn’t get that memo.

All in all, it’s a pretty good movie. I’ve probably watched about a dozen Spanish movies in my life, and somehow they have all been good. I don’t know if that’s saying something about Spanish movies, or if I’ve just been lucky.

What I like about En La Ciudad is that it’s slow paced, and it doesn’t have a huge story arc. It’s just a glimpse into these friends’ lives and their complicated relationships. Don’t rent it just for the lesbian storyline – it’s rather minor and not that exciting - but if you feel like watching a nice Spanish movie, En La Ciudad would be a good choice.

This review was first published on eurOut.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Blog crush: Malinda Lo

One of the best columns I have read in a long time is this month’s notes & queries column The trouble with “bisexual” on AfterEllen. Not only is it beautifully written, but also it is very brave and very honest. I could attempt to describe what it’s about or why it’s had an impact on me, but I am not sure I could do it justice. Just go read it yourself, if you haven’t already.

The woman behind this great column is Malinda Lo, whose articles on AfterEllen I have always enjoyed reading (and let’s not forget her great vlog the Lo down, together with Sarah Pecora). Unfortunately –for me, obviously not for her- she gave up being AfterEllen’s managing editor to become a fulltime writer, which means less articles, but of course we now get entire novels.

Good deal? Well, her debut novel Ash –a lesbian retelling of Cinderella – will be published in September, so I guess we can find out then. So far, three important factors say it’s going to be a great read: 1. Talented writer 2. Interesting topic 3. Very pretty book cover.

Don’t laugh, the latter is very important. I am the kind of person who always judges books by their covers, and I am usually right. That is to say, if I like a cover I usually enjoy the book and vice versa. There are exceptions of course, but I don’t expect Ash to me one of those.

You might be thinking, wasn’t this post entitled Blog crush. Where is this blog she is crushing about? Hang on, I am getting to this. Actually, I forgot to lead with it, and now I am too lazy to change it (Don’t judge, it’s my blog, I can do whatever I want here).

Malinda also has a blog (read it here) that I’ve enjoyed reading for quite a while now. Why? Well, apart from everything I already wrote about her awesomeness, it’s just very entertaining. In particular, she blogs about two of my favourite things: books and food.

I love reading about books (or writing) and food almost as much as I love to read books and eat. Everything at the same time sounds even more wonderful, although it might be too much of a good thing.

You can read about her writing and how it’s coming along, interviews with young adult writers, the importance of book covers, some thoughts on entertainment, and photo Fridays. Some of the blog posts that I’ve enjoyed most were those that describe meals that were consumed, accompanied with great photos of yummy food.

Looking for a nice food post to link to, I noticed it’s been a while since Malinda posted any new food posts. So to that I’d just like to say; more food posts please!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

YouTube Thursday: Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita

One of my favourite TV shows from the nineties is definitely Nikita starring the lovely Peta Wilson. For those who never watched it, Nikita was like Alias, only the people working for the government did so against their will and were really trained assassins.

Of course, Nikita was an assassin with a heart, who for the first seasons had a really hard time killing people. Then she got over it.

Yeah, I know, great premise. I watched it for years, and loved it. I especially loved the main character Nikita. Thought she was so cool and hot. Here are some of the highlights:

How it all started:

She had this thing for the creepy and cold Michael. Remember that? Ewww. Here’s them saying goodbye in the final ep:

Another fan vid featuring Nikita and Michael:

She even played an unstable bisexual with a S&M fetish in the B movie Mercy.

Still a bad movie, yet still hot.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

People that annoy me who don’t realize it

As I have mentioned in previous posts, there are a number of things and people that can really annoy me. The one returning topic for me is stupid annoying people who do not realize how stupid and annoying they are.

The problem with this is that it’s a vicious circle in which someone who’s annoying me doesn’t realize they are annoying, therefore annoying me even more, and this will continue to annoy me, and before you know it annoyance turns into hate.

OK maybe it doesn’t really get that far, but still it’s so frustrating. Not to be annoyed by someone, I mean, everyone is annoyed sometimes, right? Sometimes I even like to dislike someone. But the fact that the person who’s annoying you doesn’t have a clue….it’s so frustrating!

It’s even worse when the person who annoys you actually likes you, and keeps asking for your attention. I just want to scream, “Go away!” But of course I don’t, because I am nice. Anyone who knows me knows that’s BS. But I would never intentionally hurt someone.

Unless it goes too far. If you annoy me long enough and subtle hints haven’t worked, at some point I will just tell you straight up, “I don’t like you and you are annoying me, so just piss off!”

You don’t want it to get that far, I don’t want it to get that far. So please, those who are annoying me right now, I know you don’t realize I mean YOU, but still, I ask you, kindly, will you please stop being so F-ing annoying? Thank you.

P.S. Of course I don’t mean YOU. You are nice and I like you. Don’t worry.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Gaythering storm: anti-gay marriage spoof

his latest spoof in reaction to those ridiculous anit-gay marriage storm commercials. Its my absolute favourite. Stop it storm! Hilarious.

Because you’re hot: Rachel Maddow

I just noticed that 3 of my 10 nominees for AfterEllen’s Hot 100 haven’t been featured in “Because you’re hot” yet. How is that possible? Let’s amend this right away, by focusing on one of those hot women: Rachel Maddow.

The last year already so much has been said about Maddow, I really do not see what I could possibly add. The woman is simply awesome. And very hot. She even has me following US politics daily. It’s hard to think of anything more boring, but yet I listen to Maddow talk about it. I listen and I am entertained, sometimes I even care.

Awesome, smart and funny equals hot in my book. Actually looking hot also helps with the hotness. Anyways, I’ll just let you look at these pics and decide for yourself…is she AE Hot 100 worthy?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Queer Dutch authors to look out for

You might not realize it, but the Netherlands has quite a few out queer authors. You have probably heard from some of the more established and commonly known names like Doeschka Meijsing, Ina Bouman (who wrote the first Dutch feminist thriller), or if we go way back, Anna Blaman, but I would like to tell you about a few others that you may or may not have heard of.
Adriënne Nijssen (1954) is a writer of both lesbian short stories, as well as novels. To date she has published four books, including three novels, Dansen op de Waterlijn (Dancing on the waterline), De Derde Draad (The third thread) and Noem mij maar Maud (Call me Maud). Dansen op de Waterlijn won the audience choice award for best lesbian novel in 2007.

Her debut was In de holte van haar arm (In the crook of her arm), which was released in 2004. It is a collection of 30 short stories, which is still on the bestsellers list of most Dutch lesbian bookstores. It was also the first publication by lesbian publishing house La Vita.

Besides being an author, Nijssen is also a journalist and a teacher. In her spare time she is also active in the Dutch lesbian scene, working for both the COC and Groep 7152. Currently Nijssen is working on her autobiography, as well as a children’s novel.

The latest novel of author Anja de Crom (1964) entitled Halsoverkop (Head over heels) has just been released this week. It is the follow up to her novel Villa Volta from 2006, about a girl who falls in love while helping a group of older lesbians to set up a housing community.

Pitty naar college (Pitty goes to college) was her debut novel, which she wrote together with author Esther Bremer. It is a sequel to the famous books about the adventures of Pitty and her friends at boarding school by Enid Blyton.

When she is not busy writing novels, de Crom spends her time giving writing workshops, playing music and working as a journalist (she has done over 200 hundred interviews with all kinds of famous and not so famous folks). She also works for the great website about everything to do with Dutch queer books Lesbisch Lezen (Lesbian reading).

Rianne Witte (1972) is the author of the most advertised Dutch lesbian novel of 2009, Schijn, hoop en liefde (Pretence, hope and love). The novel tells the story of a young, naive and insecure lesbian living in a strict and religious environment in the middle of the Dutch Bible belt.

Her debut novel is all about religion, coming out and learning to stand up for yourself. Before writing Schijn, hoop en liefde, Witte won second prize in the story contest of the Lesbian Festival Nijmegen 2007 for her short story Moeders (Mothers).

Another one of her short stories entitled Het roze mantelpak (The pink suit) can be found in the short story collection De tangosalon en andere verhalen over vrouwenliefde (The tangosalon and other stories about the love of women).

Interesting facts about Witte include that she used to work in IT, until she realized a few years ago that she was gay. This totally changed her life, made her look for a different career and made her find out that she is in fact creative.

Someone who also discovered she was a lesbian later in life, is author and singer Karin Giphart(1968). Being the sister of well-known Dutch author Ronald Giphart, expectations were high for her debut novel Maak me blij (Make me happy), which was released in 2005.

In this novel we meet Ziggy and Adisa who, even though they have just ended their turbulent relationship, decide to still go on holiday together. Obviously, this can only lead to a lot more drama.

More drama can be found in Karin’s second novel Iets tussen broer en zus (something between brother and sister), about a brother and sister who have a strong love-hate relationship. To make matters worse, the sister falls in love with her brother’s girlfriend and the two of them embark upon an affair without the brother’s knowledge.

When she is not writing novels, Giphart is a singer songwriter (her debut album And she bites was released in 2005), and she also has a column in queer magazine ZijaanZij.

All books mentioned in this article can be found and ordered here or at the publisher’s website. Most books can also be bought in regular Dutch bookstores and through Unfortunately, to my knowledge, none of these books have been translated (yet).

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The IDAHO challenge: fighting homophobia through visibility

Have you taken the IDAHO challenge yet?

iPhone obsession

Since a few weeks I am obsessed with iPhones or more precisely, about wondering whether or not I should get one. This all started on Twitter, when several people I won’t name (but you know who you are!) kept going on and on about how great, exciting and beautiful iphones are.

I responded by making fun of them a lot, wondering why one could possibly need an iPhone, especially if you already have a regular cellphone, inet connection etc. It just sounded like a waste of money to me.

The iPhone craziness continued online, with much more talk and even an entire blogpost on eurOut devoted to it. On top of that this huge iPhone advertising campaign launched, which made me see iPhones everywhere.

I still wasn’t convinced I should get one, but I was getting more and more intrigued. What was the big deal? I decided to find out and watched one of those informational videos on the iphone website.

That 30 minute infomercial couldn’t really tell me why I needed an iPhone or why life would be impossible without one, but my oh my, no one warned me that an iPhone is SO FREAKING PRETTY!

It’s beautiful. It really is. The design, the colour (black of course. Who buys a white iphone?) and especially the display. I think I am in love.
Happy sigh.

I still haven’t bough one though. I might be in love, but the rational part of my brain keeps telling me: just be patient and wait a little while longer, until they become cheaper.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Stephen Colbert's ad against gay marriage spoof

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Upcoming erotic lesbian thriller Bandaged: Good art movie or bad smut?

Last week the indie lesbian thriller Bandaged had it’s world premier at the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Bandaged is the German/American film directed by S&M filmmaker Maria Beatty and produced by Abel Ferrare, which has been described as a cross between Mädchen in uniform, Eyes without a face and the English patient.

Or as Lauren Wiscot called it in her sneak preview of the movie over at the House next door, “A stunningly visceral cocktail of sex and bodily terror.” Does that make you excited about this movie, or is it just me?

Bandaged tells the story of Lucille (played by Janna Lisa Dombrowsky), a shy, young girl living in a mansion in the middle of nowhere, with a very domineering father who controls most aspects of her life. Seeing no way out, just before her eighteenth birthday Lucille attempts to kill herself, but fails.

Instead, she is left covered in horrible burns. Her dad arranges a private nurse Joan (played by Susanne Sachsse) to come stay at the mansion and take care of Lucille. Spending 24/7 together in the creepy secluded mansion, it is only a matter of time before the two girls get involved into a torrid affair.

Both Maria Beatty and Abel Ferrare are mainly known for their work on erotic films, whereas Beatty produced a lot of erotic lesbian films, including a lot of fetish stuff, Ferrare was involved with movies with titles like Strap-on motel. Yep, you guessed it, that would be porn. Bandages is their first more mainstream movie, but I bet there will still be sex scenes a plenty.

That covers the sex part of the movie, but I am still not exactly sure why this movie is called a thriller, or an “old-style horror” film. I guess bad and creepy things will take place in the secluded mansion, besides all the hot lesbian love.

Don’t get your hopes up too much about the latter though, as Lauren Wiscot describes, “For all of the graphic shots of tongue kissing and nipple licking, there is absolutely no chemistry between the two.”

Even though chemistry is subjective to a certain extend, Wiscot’s later comment might be something more important to contemplate, when deciding whether or not to go see this film. “When Lucille’s face starts to decompose as she climaxes […] it’s a triumphant moment in the annals of gory art films that would make Cronenberg stand up and cheer – but is it hot?” My question would be: is it art or is it smut?

The movie premiered in France this week and will also be shown this month at the Athens Gay & Lesbian film festival, as well as at other film festivals around the world. Official dates of cinema releases across Europe have not been announced yet.

Is this a movie you’d be interested in watching?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

YouTube Thursday: lesbian music videos

This week I thought I’d share with you a few lesbian music videos. Because, you know, there’s nothing better than queer ladies and nice tunes. OK, I’m sure there’s better things (like queer ladies, nice tunes, good food, strong drinks, a sunny sky and some nice kissing), but still…ENJOY!

The Butchies - Send me you

Sleater Kinney - Jumpers

Kaki King - Pull me out alive

The Gossip - SITWOC

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anita Blake novels to be adapted for television

One of my favourite guilty pleasures when it comes to books is Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It’s hard to describe what these books are like (read my previous post about them here), but if these novels were a movie they’d be a cross between Buffy the Vampire, the X-files and good soft porn. Another way to describe it, is to call it supernatural erotica.

What starts off as a story about a vampire hunter who can raise the dead, and is dating both a vampire and a shape shifter, despite her morals and being a prude, soon develops into full blown erotica. I have never read about so much straight sex in my life.

Therefore, I was really surprised to hear that there are plans to turn these novels into a TV movie. Seriously? I think it is all kinds of awesome, as I heart these books and would love to see them adapted. However, I cannot help but worry about how much they will change the actual storyline.I mean, it’s not very likely they will actually keep all the sex that’s in these books. However, if you remove all the explicit sex and sex storylines, there will be no story left to tell. At least not in the last few novels.

I guess they could go the True Blood road, and hopefully not the Twilight road. Or worse even, try to attempt something as horrible as Queen of the Damned. Think of Anne Rice’s novels what you like, but they were ten times better than that crap they dared to call a movie.

In any case, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen, although I am fearing the worse. There’s not many adaptations of books I enjoyed that I actually like.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My AfterEllen’s hot 100 nominees

Like every year, it’s time once again to vote for your all-time favourite hotties on AfterEllen’s HOT 100 list. This year, alongside voting for the 10 women you’d most like to do in general, you can also nominate your top 5 hottest out women, hottest women of colour and hottest women over 40.

The hottest out women is probably going to be a rather short list seeing as there aren’t that many of those. Out women I mean, not out and hot. The problem I had with the over 40 women is how to know for sure if they are or not? I was too lazy to Google everyone.

In case you’re wondering (even if you’re not, I’m going to share anyway), here are my top 10 women I wouldn’t mind waking up next to:

1. Katee Sackhoff

2. Jessica Landström

3. Natasha Kai
4. Eliza Dushku
5. Kaki King

6. Rachel Maddow

7. Rose Rollins

8. Sara Ramirez

9. Michelle Rodriguez
10. Leisha Hailey

There’s many many other women that I think are hot, but unfortunately, a top 10 can only include 10 women. These are my hotties for 2009. The list is slightly different from last year, which is a good thing. Variety is the spice of life and all that.

Who are some of your favourite hotties?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Amazon FAIL (or: Twilight Made Me Gay)

Lists are hot: songs by queer women

This is my new monthly column at eurOut for all those who think lists are hot. This month I share my ultimate queer mix tape.

The one thing we at eurOut have in common, besides being gay and big geeks, is our love for lists. When I had my first eurOut staff meeting, we spent the first ten minutes declaring how much we loved making lists and almost drooling at the thought. Ok maybe it was only me that was almost drooling.

I figured we are probably not the only lesbians who love (making) lists, hence, a new column was born: Lists are hot. Every month (or whenever I feel inspired) I will share with you some of my favourite lists. This time I want to talk to you about music, more specifically about songs by queer women.

I sat down and made a list of all the queer singers and bands that I liked. Then for each singer/band I chose my favourite song. Of course I didn’t just make this list up on the spot, but it involved countless hours of listening to all the different songs.

I am sure you will agree with me that the end result is more than worth it. This list is not in order of importance, but in the order I would want you to listen to these songs, if they were part of a real album.

1. Chris Pureka – Burning Bridges

I’ve been a fan of New England singer/songwriter Chris Pureka ever since I stumbled upon her music by accident a few years ago while surfing the web. Burning Bridges from Pureka’s debut album Driving north (2004) represents everything that I love about – what I call – acoustic guitar music.

I heart the sound, I heart the lyrics and most of all I heart how it makes me feel: Good, despite the fact that the lyrics are rather depressing (Warning: More depressing songs ahead). Listen to more songs by Chris Pureka on MySpace page.

2. Melissa Ferrick – Drive

This, to me, is the ultimate sexy song. And when I say sexy, I really mean sex. Well, I could elaborate, but if you just listen to the song you will understand what I am talking about. In my opinion, all songs by Melissa Ferrick, another New England singer/songwriter playing ‘acoustic guitar music’*, are worth listening to, but Drive from the 2000 album Freedom holds a special place in my heart.

3. The Dresden Dolls – Good day

The Dresden Dolls have been my favourite band every since I discovered them through the blog of author Caitlin R. Kiernan. I think Amanda Palmer, and everything she does, is simply awesome. Yes, when it comes to the Dresden Dolls I am far from objective.

I just love love love the style of music (cabaret punk, apparently. Have you noticed how I suck at genre labels?), the F you attitude, and the amazing lyrics. I had a really hard time choosing one particular song, but I finally settled on Good day from their self-titled album the Dresden Dolls (2004).

4. Caroline Gilmour – Space

Scottish newcomer Caroline Gilmour had been playing music in several bands for over 8 years, before launching her solo career about a year ago. Her debut album Someday (2009) has just been released, and my favourite track of the album is Space.

It’s a great guitar rock track that does not at all sound like it’s being sung by someone so young. It’s the kind of song that reminds me of the days when I just to go to music festivals every summer.

5. Tracy Chapman – Fast car

I’ve loved this song ever since I first heard it during the broadcast of the “Free Nelson Mandela” concert over twenty years ago. I’m a fan of Tracy Chapman’s music in general, but Fast car from the self-titled album Tracy Chapman (1988), has always been one of my favourites. Really good songs tend to stand the test of time. You can listen to more Tracy Chapman songs on

6. Janis Ian – At Seventeen

An oldie, but a goodie. This song used to make me cry when I was in middle school. I thought I was a fat ugly loser who would never get a boyfriend. Snicker. That’s back in the days when I actually thought stupid things like popularity mattered.

At seventeen (from the album entitled Between the lines) was first released in 1975, but Janis Ian is still making music and performing these days.

7. Ani Difranco – Grey

Which lesbian or bisexual woman doesn’t like Ani Difranco? I thought I’d at least pick one of the less obvious songs. Grey is one of the most depressing songs I have ever heard. Seriously. When I first heard it I loved it so much, I thought it would be the perfect song to play when you kill yourself. Morbid much? Anyway, this song from the 2002 album So much shouting, so much laughter is why I like Difranco. Good acoustic guitar songs with great lyrics.

8. Skunk Anansie – Weak

During the years that I used to go to the summer music festivals, Skunk Anansie was a band that I saw perform quite a number of times. It always sounded really great, and the crowd always went wild. Much more so, than with louder acts.

This was in the days when you were still allowed to crowd surf, and standing at the front of the stage during a Skunk Anansie performance could get you killed (ok, slight exaggeration). Weak from the album Paranoid and sunburnt (1996) reminds me of those days.

9. The Murmurs – Carry me home

As much as I like Uh Huh Her, the main reason why I love Leisha Hailey as a musician is because of her days with the Murmurs. The Murmurs made such fun poppy songs, and one of the best examples of this is their song Carry me home from their self-titled the Murmurs album (1994).

I love their harmonies on this song, especially during the chorus. I’m not ashamed to admit I love singing along with it (totally off key, of course).

10. Jen Foster – I didn’t just kiss her

I didn’t just kiss her, Jen Foster’s reaction to the Katy Perry song I kissed a girl, is not only very cool, I also think it is a really good song. Every since I bought the song a week ago, it’s been stuck in my head. Granted, that doesn’t necessarily say much about the quality of a song. I am not a big fan of all of Jen Foster’s music, but this tune I really enjoy. Find out more about her music on her MySpace page.

11. Pil & Liv – I care

Of course, a list of favourite songs by queer women would not be complete without ‘our own’ Pil & Liv. They are like Tegan & Sarah, only Danish and much much cuter. I care is the song I like best from the songs I recently purchased at their indiestore. Not convinced yet that you should do the same and buy their stuff? You can first check out more of Pil & Liv’s music on their MySpace page or watch their vlogs here.

12. K’s Choice – Not an addict

Besides Skunk Anansie, the one other band that makes me think of those nineties summer music festival’s is Sarah Bettens' former band K's Choice. I remember their 1996 performance of Not an Addict together with Skin from Skunk Anansie very distinctly.

I not only love this song, but the entire album Paradise in me (1996) is brilliant. OK, perhaps not brilliant, but it used to be one of my favourite records that I played over and over again.

13. Indigo Girls – Romeo and Juliet

Some say there is nothing gayer than the Indigo Girls, although to be honest, up to a few years ago, I had never even heard of them. I am glad when I did, because some of their songs you really don’t want to be missing out on.

One of those songs is Romeo and Juliet, from their 1992 album Rites of passage. I love this song so much, and I was very disappointed when I found out a while later that it’s actually a Dire Straits cover. Listen to more Indigo Girls on their MySpace page.

14. Melissa Etheridge – Like the way I do

If there is one song that I have always associated with being a lesbian, even years before I knew I was one, it’s Like the way I do by Melissa Etheridge. Growing up, Etheridge was one of the few lesbians I had heard of, which was cool with me because her song rocked. I still think this song rocks, especially this particular live version from 1990. And that concludes my queer women soundtrack.

Do you agree with my list or would you have picked a totally different selection? Let me know about some of your favourite queer songs in the comments. Suggestions for future lists are also welcome.

* Yes, I know folk singer is the proper, or at least better, term, but I really hate that description. Not that mine is any better, of course.