This is Me Before I Come Undone

10 episodes of The L Word that put its importance before its imperfections

I wish I could explain to new baby dykes just HOW FUCKING EXCITING it was in 2002 when we heard (at Atlanta Pride, of course) that there was going to be A LESBIAN TV SHOW.  ABOUT LESBIANS.  OMG WHO EVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD EVER BE A SHOW JUST ABOUT LESBIANS?!?!??  Gay people couldn’t get married anywhere in the US yet… gay sex was still ILLEGAL in 13 states, for fuck’s sake!!!

Everything in this article is so true… especially the fact that no matter how much better the show could have been, the things it did do were groundbreaking and unheard of at the time, and no matter how much you liked or didn’t like the show, you WATCHED it… because EVERYONE ELSE was watching it (even if it was only so they could have ammo to talk about how much they hated it), and because there was undeniable excitement and this feeling that you were absolutely part of something historical and game-changing every time you went to a premiere party or a finale party or a lesbian bar or a big house party to watch each episode (because who on earth actually had Showtime?!??)  I don’t know if there ever has been or ever will be again a time when the entire lesbian community felt so… united? cohesive? familial?  I’m not sure.  We were all experiencing the same thing at the same time, across the country, across the world.  What else has ever done that??  When the show ended, despite how disastrous that final season was, I remember me and my best friend​ somberly trying to figure out what we were going to do with our Sunday nights from then on…

But yeah, despite everything else, the show attempted to tackle so many issues that it was absolutely impressive and exciting (remember when Tasha’s storyline actually happened right along with the momentum of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell getting repealed? Exciting.)  Not to mention that it attempted to tie together so many aspects of lesbian culture… all the way out to Olivia Cruises, Subaru jokes, and Tegan and Sara before anyone even knew who Tegan and Sara were (but I was SO fucking excited when they showed up in Season Three, Episode Eleven. Of course I remember which episode it was. Don’t look at me like that.)  Oh, not to mention the fact that Season Three STARTED with “So Jealous” playing in the background… and how exciting was that back in 2006 when no one knew who they were?!  Exciting.

I think I could probably have a million more thoughts and moments of nostalgia surrounding this… but for now I’ll leave it here, and with the statement that if you’re a baby dyke who hasn’t watched the L Word… you know what you need to do 😉


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