Over the past decade, lesbian relationships have become much more common on American television. But are these portrayals fair and equal, or are they doing more harm than good?
Cinderella, Interrupted (The Synopsis)
In November 2016, GLAAD released their annual “Where We Are on TV” report. The findings were grim. GLAAD said broadcast television failed queer women, and that American media was sending a “toxic message.” This came as no surprise to any lesbian or bisexual woman who turned on a TV during the 2015-2016 season. We feel it every time a character who represents us is proven to be a throwaway for creators and audiences.
Though representation of female/female relationships has certainly become more prevalent in mainstream media, the question remains as to how much better that representation is getting, how slow it is to catch up to the depictions of male/female relationships, and how much harm such disparate representation inflicts upon lesbian/bisexual women as a group and society as a whole.
At its heart, Cinderella, Interrupted is a documentary about romance, who gets it, who doesn’t, and how, in many ways, these depictions have, and continue to, mold our society. It comes from a personal place, but encompasses a broader reality. With this documentary, it is my aim to give viewers insight into a world with which many will be unfamiliar – the world of lesbian fandom, subtext, femslash, and representation – to uncover why media struggles to depict lesbian relationships in an unbiased and authentic way, and to see what can be done about it.
In the end, I really am just a girl standing in front of creators of media asking them to treat my love the same.