Films that center older women are important. They show us women with options--and desire… #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
Films also like #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce, where get a taste of options–the What If’s–available to her alter egos in other universes.…
And #Juanita in which Alfre Woodward is a woman who chooses herself over her overly-dependent grown children by leaving town altogether. Also, love how Blair Underwood keeps popping up in Juanita’s fantasy!
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Jun 22
“Bitch” and “cunt” are not the worst things you could call a woman. Selfish is. Knowing what you want and taking it is filed under “selfish” in patriarchy’s dictionary. And by the time we meet Nancy, she is a woman determined, finally, to be selfish. #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
I cried as my selfishness met hers, as I recognized the heady terror of being done, finally, with obeying. I wrote about @LeoGrandeFilm… #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
In one of their earliest scenes together, Leo asks Nancy “Why won’t you take what you want when it’s right here within reach?” He is what she wants. He is right there. Yet she wants to cancel the whole thing several times.

She was never allowed to want. #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
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Jun 22
I watched Good Luck To You, Leo Grande three times and wrote about desire. #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
In @LeoGrandeFilm, Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson) snatches desire from the jaws of ageism.

I snatched desire from the jaws of shame.… #GoodLucktoYouLeoGrande
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Jun 20
Eric Greitens tied up and blindfolded a woman and took a picture of her partially nude without her consent and forced her to perform oral sex on him. We are sick and tired of sexual predators and misogynist fascist fucks like 👇🏽
And remember: white evangelicals supported this sexual predator "Some evangelical leaders, who supported him in 2016 along w/ an overwhelming number of the state’s white evangelical voters, said they had maintained their support for the governor"…
White evangelicals have a long track record of misogyny 👇🏽
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Jun 20
I've watched it three times already. It went places I was not expecting. Essay coming soon...
As I've said, I am 54yo and I can barely watch films or TV shows these days because they are about either high school students or people who are 31 years old.

Which is one of the reasons I love #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce which is now streaming…
I'm writing about pleasure & desire, what we're allowed to want, what we're allowed to "take," how to free ourselves from shame. And Good Luck to You, Leo Grande jumps into that fray. Until my essay read an excerpt from my essay in #ThisArabIsQueer…
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Jun 18
On Thursday: my flight from Montreal to Atlanta was. cancelled and rebooked for Friday. It was among approx 6,000 cancelled or delayed flights into/out of the U.S.

On Friday: my rebooked flight was cancelled again. It was among the approx 3,300 cancelled flights into/out of U.S.
Send calm and relaxation...
Three weeks ago, I almost missed my flight out of Dublin because of long lines at the airport.

This past Wednesday, I went to the airport in Amsterdam about 4 hours before departure time so that I don't miss my flight.
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Jun 17
In many non-Western countries, speaking about such things as desire is scorned as “white” or “Western” behavior. I’ve been accused of being “obsessed” with sex because I insist on talking openly about desire.…
Being able to speak of our desire - without fear, without penalty, and on the way of being ourselves - is at the heart of being free. So I’m thrilled that wonderful book exists 👇🏽
To desire and to be desired is political. How we fuck and who we fuck is political. Always the goal: to be free. And so I’m thrilled that this book exists and honoured I’m among its contributors #ThisArabIsQueer
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