We’re Queer - and Apparently So Is Everybody Else

5/24/2018, 10:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:2)
Society & Culture Technology Arts
<p>With Rita Ora, Janelle Monáe, Kehlani – and even fictional characters like Lando Calrissian – embracing bisexuality, pansexuality, queerness, and more, we wonder: what does it mean to publicly declare your sexual identity as something outside the gay/straight binary in 2018? And what did these declarations look like in the 80s and 90s, when we were growing up? We compare the&nbsp;sincere<strong>&nbsp;</strong>loneliness of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" to the frustrating inauthenticity of Rita Ora's "Girls,"&nbsp;and&nbsp;celebrate the thoughtful portrayal of the&nbsp;queer&nbsp;relationship featured in the new film,&nbsp;<em>Disobedience</em>. Plus, we break down what's wrong with sex scenes between women – with the hope that directors and cinematographers take note – because<strong>&nbsp;</strong>depictions&nbsp;of non-binary sexualities should reflect the humanity of the people who occupy them.</p><p>Discussed this week:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YfNzOlPeP8&amp;t=964s" target="_blank">"The Hand That Robs the Cradle"</a>&nbsp;(<em>Ellen</em>; Season 1, Episode 6; 1994)&nbsp;</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdWcaWBxxcY" target="_blank">"Girls"</a>&nbsp;(Rita Ora feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charlie XCX, 2018)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaYvlVR_BEc" target="_blank">"PYNK"</a>&nbsp;(Janelle Monáe, 2018)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXTzMOmmEfE" target="_blank">"Curious"</a>&nbsp;(Hayley Kiyoko, 2018)</li><li>Kehlani's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thefader.com/2018/04/22/kehlani-sexuality-twitter" target="_blank">Tweets</a>&nbsp;about her sexuality (2018)</li><li>Kristen Stewart's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc4ahnZzVM4" target="_blank">SNL</a>&nbsp;monologue (NBC, 2017)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEVonh8bjC0" target="_blank"><em>Disobedience</em></a>&nbsp;(dir:&nbsp;Sebastián Lelio, Braven Films, 2017)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwtdhWltSIg" target="_blank">"Losing My Religion"</a>&nbsp;(R.E.M., 1991)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzVake0EFCI" target="_blank"><em>Cruel Intentions</em></a><em>&nbsp;</em>(dir: Roger Kumble, Columbia Pictures, 1999)</li><li><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278871/" target="_blank"><em>Blue is the Warmest Color</em></a>&nbsp;(dir: Abdellatif Kechiche, Quat'sous Films, 2013)</li></ul>