Where Have All of the Queer Ladies Gone?

There is a lack of queer women who are given a complex movie role (or any role at all) or a chance at a happily ever after. Where are all of the queer scientists, astronauts, superheros, or aliens? Last month I wrote a listicle celebrating ladies-loving-ladies on television. I wanted to do the same thing in September with movies, but I realized that the list of queer ladies in nerdy/geeky movies was a short one. Where were all of the queer women in the movies? The list of those ladies in a relationship with another lady is even smaller. Besides V for Vendetta I can’t think of a (relatively) mainstream geeky movie that features a queer woman in any mildly prominent role. And those women didn't fair well in that dystopic universe.

You might be saying, "Hey Amanda, what about (insert movie here)?” Okay, that’s great; I’ll add it to my list of movies to watch. But can you honestly think of another one? Could you get to even five movies? Probably not. We all know that queer representation in science fiction, comic books, or really any movie genre is dismal at best. Even in queer circles queer, women fail to get the representation they deserve.

In order to see more queer women in queer and non-queer spaces more queer ladies have to be included in the creation of film, music, books, or any other type of media. Seems pretty simple. The inability to tell our own stories creates a disconnect between what’s seen on the screen and our true narratives. The lack of genuine narratives in film makes it harder for queer youth (and adults) to see themselves within the story. If there could be a lesbian couple (maybe) in Finding Dory, you can at least give me a Batwoman movie. With all of the DC cameos in recent films you would think that she could make at least a couple minute appearance.

We have complex stories that are complicated and interesting and should be included in as many science fiction, fantasy, and comic book movies as possible. There are queer lady superheroes—put us in movies. There are queer book characters—put us in movies. We are more than tropes to make you feel ‘progressive’, ‘edgy’, or ‘brave’.

Subtext is not nearly enough. The fact that Holtzmann in Ghostbusters was so very queer but couldn't be open about it isn't enough. Having queer characters that are open and honest about who they are gives people a chance to see themselves in film and hopefully creates a hero the general public can root for and support.

Include more queer women in film.

Write them comprehensive and complex roles that stand on their own merit.

It’s really that simple.

Amanda M.'s picture
on September 15, 2016

writer, @geeksout and @hellogiggles contributor, humanitarian, lesbian, lego curator