Pop Theory 17: Demystifying "The Real L Word"

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Pop Theory 17: Demystifying "The Real L Word"

community as much as its dramatic predecessor, The L Word, did is evident in these commentaries-as-symptom: negativity cannot undergird a community. Period. Our community was unified through the dramatic twists and turns of The L Word’s storylines. There was a marginal albeit vocal faction of queer critics who still supported the show—their participation in the community consisted of their socio-political critiques of the show’s representation (of ethnic and sexual minorities). The commentaries about the Real L are substantively and substantially different, particularly in tone. Your shit’s negative, ladies. How am I supposed to bond over that? Mean Girls is so 2004.

That said, how can lesbebloggers and other social media types within our community not be miffed by the fact that this show has been crafted with the straight (male) viewer in mind more so than the lesbian viewer? (Another effect of the fact that the Gay Dollar, and “Pink Purchasing Power,” lies in men’s hands.)

In this regard, The Real L Word could perhaps be personified as the closeted celebrity—you know, the one who wants our support but then doesn’t respect (or represent) us at the same time?

But it seems I’ve digressed from the primary desired task at hand: to present to you my “real” anthro-inspired research of the Brooklyn featured in The Real L Word.

The NYC casts spends some time in Williamsburg (at the Metropolitan Bar, for instance) but practices in East Williamsburg aka “Morgantown” (because it’s off the Morgan L train stop) aka Bushwick. Bushwick is a neighborhood I know well because I, for the most part, have lived here throughout 2012. My girlfriend has lived in the neighborhood almost 11 years, seeing it transform from a barren, industrial area to a haven for crusty hipsters. The “loft” buildings people live in are converted factory and commercial buildings—these lofts can run $3500/mo for 1000sq ft. Typically, hipsters cram themselves, sometimes 6-8 to a loft liked stacked critters in a puppy mill, in order to deem themselves residents of the ‘Wick. (I’m not kidding. One time I was checking out a room to sublet in Bushwick and the room was actually an elevator that the two roommates had fixed in place on their floor. Keeping it legal