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So this premiered (you can see episode one for free on YouTube) and the show is doubling down on lesbians sleeping with TIMs.

Last season we had Finley hooking up with Tess and Angie dating Jordi. This season we have Shane headed for a romance with Tess, while Alice's girlfriend flirts with a bisexual TIM. In a small group of lesbians, what are the odds that 4 are attracted to TIMs?

It's such a disappointment because I really do like the show. There's so much nostalgic pleasure in seeing Bette pine after Tina, or hearing Bette pronounce "groupon." Supposedly Helena will make an appearance, which pleases me, and Rosie O'Donnell plays the kind of butch character this show has always needed. But this incessant need to pair lesbians with biological men and act like it's perfectly natural sours the whole thing for me.

So this premiered (you can see episode one for free on YouTube) and the show is doubling down on lesbians sleeping with TIMs. Last season we had Finley hooking up with Tess and Angie dating Jordi. This season we have Shane headed for a romance with Tess, while Alice's girlfriend flirts with a bisexual TIM. In a small group of lesbians, what are the odds that 4 are attracted to TIMs? It's such a disappointment because I really do like the show. There's so much nostalgic pleasure in seeing Bette pine after Tina, or hearing Bette pronounce "groupon." Supposedly Helena will make an appearance, which pleases me, and Rosie O'Donnell plays the kind of butch character this show has always needed. But this incessant need to pair lesbians with biological men and act like it's perfectly natural sours the whole thing for me.

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[–] tymps 12 points Edited

So many things about this revival just make me feel so...sad, defeated, and angry. Then I feel a little silly for feeling so affected by a mere TV show, but honestly it feels like such a betrayal to lesbians, and it's just yet another way in which lesbians are disrespected and expected to be okay with it. It's just a TV show, but it's something that was and still is important to so many. It was a groundbreaking show when it premiered, and while it always had its flaws, it meant something to a lot of women. Now it's been revived and these same women are being disrespected and betrayed by a new showrunner and team of writers who clearly don't give a fuck about lesbians and are more interested in pushing an agenda. I don't normally like to use that phrase, but that's truly what this feels like. There's no other reason to explain why there are so many trans characters among this small group of characters and why Jamie Clayton in particular is being shoved down our throats despite not being a very good actor and having absolutely zero chemistry with any women.

It's probably a little ridiculous how angry and disheartened I feel about Shane likely being paired up with Tess in the coming weeks, but I can't seem to help myself. When they inevitably hook up I really hope that enough people will raise hell and point out how fucked up it is, but sadly I doubt it'll happen. People will just act like it's revolutionary and something to be celebrated. Lesbians fucking men is now progressive as long as the man pretends to be a woman. I realize that the showrunner has said that Tess is supposed to be female, but the actor does not pass. It's impossible to see any of his scenes as "lesbian" scenes, and we all know exactly what they're doing with this. It's so fucked up that they're doing this to one of the most iconic lesbian characters, but I'm sure that's exactly why they're doing this -- it's the ultimate validation.

I have to say that I kind of felt a sense of relief when I saw this post. It felt good to vent. Sometimes this shit ends up making me feel so alone because it's hard to find any critical voices, but I know we are not the only ones who are disturbed and disheartened by this. It's just so hard to say anything without being censored or attacked and ostracized, so I'm thankful for this space.

You put it really well. I have an attachment to the original and pretty much just love it, with all the soap-opera bullshit and all.
I'm also particularly disturbed by the possibility of Shane and Tess. It does feel like they don't know what to do with Shane (why did they chuck out the baby plot? I enjoyed her and Quiara together, that would've been an interesting can of worms)