About Nancy Amazon and this website

 

Who am I?

I'm Nancy Amazon and I am the writer around here (thank god for squarespace because I can't build websites for crap). I live in Sydney, Australia, have a BA in Communications, a Masters in English Literature, and several certifications in obscure marketing technologies. I work in IT Consulting as my day job and aspire to be the lesbian Roger Ebert (RIP Roger) or the next Lois McMaster Bujold, whichever I can accomplish first.

In the past I have contributed film reviews and articles to sites such as The Sydney Morning Herald, theLWordOnline.com and AfterEllen.com.

Why did I call this site "Kissing Fingertips"?

Yeah, I know. It's a weird name, but bear with me. I wrote a paper many years ago for a film class entitled "kissing fingertips: queer erotica in mainstream cinema". Do you remember how Antonio Banderas passionately kissed Tom Hanks' fingertips in Philadelphia right before the man he loved was about to die? Yeah, that pissed me off.

I realised that much of the gay and lesbian desire we saw for years on film and TV was often expressed through the kissing of hands or fingertips. While the situation is a lot better now than it was, the name stuck. But this menace still pops up now and then, it's important to stay vigilant and call this bullshit out when we see it.

How does your rating system work?

I've explained it here.

What's my favourite movie?

Such a hard question, and I get emails asking almost every day. So here's my favourite 50 films of all time.

Who is the hottest woman on the planet who has ever played a lesbian?

I get asked this all the time. No idea why. Here's my list, but seriously, whatever floats your boat. There are some seriously beautiful, sexy women out there playing all kinds of amazing roles that don't make my list for one reason or another.

My list happens to contain very few ethnic women, women of colour, or women who have starred in Glee at any point, something I'm aware of but that's more a reflection of my ethnicity, taste and age group than anything else. This is such a personal thing.

What on earth is "sweeps lesbianism"?

And now for a bit of dyke history. In 2004, Liz Friedman (ex-Xena writer/exec producer, current writer and exec for Once Upon a Time and all-round hilarious lesbian in show biz) coined the term "sweeps lesbianism" in the Bravo documentary TV Revolution: Out of the Closet. She described it as the phenomenon of TV shows presenting otherwise heterosexual women kissing women during the American sweeps TV months in order to attract higher ratings and generate noteriety for the shows.

The episodes are usually highly publicised, and the women all magically snap back to being perfectly straight once the show's regular season resumes. The women they kiss are often hastily dispatched (either just from the show for some reason, or actually killed off). I refer to this phenomenon often, as even today it has never really gone away.

Why do so many lesbians and bisexual women get killed off?

Depends on what school of film and TV theory you adhere to. Some say because of trangressive sexuality, some say it's pure coincidence, some say it causes more noteriety simply because it tends to make us mad and we talk about the show on the Internet, so it's our own fault really (seriously?). If you can definitively explain it to me you'll be doing me a huuuge favour.

I absolutely adore this list done by Autostraddle of all the dead lesbians and bisexual women on TV and how they died, it's a phenomenal piece of work. I hope they keep it updated, there's abeen a few to add to the list this past year. (Read the Jenny Schecter entry - GOLD!) And I'm trying not to take it personally that Lucy Lawless dies FOUR times in this list, plus they're totally missing the death of her queer character on Salem so that's just getting ugly...

Who do I need to thank?

The ewok, now and always.