Title

Streaming Females 2.0: Que(e)ry-ing Sites of Lesbian Counternarrative & Exhibition

Class Year

2014

Access Type

Archival Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Colleen Cohen

Abstract

The lesbian/queer female audience has a history of being elated with news that its community will be represented on the small screen, then grossly disappointed with how it’s represented. For many lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, especially those lacking a social or personal means of connecting with others to form or substantiate their sense of sexual identity, the Internet has been an indispensable tool for building community infrastructures with which to orient oneself. In a society dominated by centralized sources of social knowledge (i.e., primetime television and Hollywood film), wherein peremptory economic and commercial forces produce incomplete narratives around lesbian/queer women to satisfy common-denominator audiences, I map documentary filmmaking, film festivals, and online exhibition spaces (Netflix and BuskFilms), and reflect on their possibilities/limitations as sites of counternarrative and resistance.

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