I spoke to Cathy Keen, community and events manager for the dating app Feeld
, and she thinks the reboot is still of vital importance in today’s landscape. "Any increase in representation is a step in the right direction since pretty much every other show is mainly focused upon cis-hetero storylines." Cathy makes a valid point: mainstream shows devoted entirely to the queer community are long overdue and The L Word
reboot provides an unparalleled opportunity to shrug off recent heteronormative depictions of lesbianism. You rarely hear discussions of even the common terms from queer culture — 'strap-on' and 'lesbian bed death' spring to mind here — in mainstream depictions of queer women, which suggests that they're written with the straight viewer in mind. Films like Disobedience
seem hellbent on only depicting queer love (or lust) between white, gender-conforming women who are palatable to equally white, gender-conforming audiences. Not all representation is positive representation — something The L Word
reboot needs to be conscious of.