REVIEW OF LESBIAN CINEMA AFTER QUEER THEORY BY CLARA BRADBURY-RANCE. EDIBURGH: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2019. 194 PAGES REVIEW BY POLINA ZELMANOVA, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK In her first monograph, Clara Bradbury-Rance addresses the contentious issue of lesbian legibility in cinema of the 21st century. Set within the contemporary discussion on visibility politics, the book both celebrates … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – LESBIAN CINEMA AFTER QUEER THEORY
Susie Bright, Good Vibrations and the Politics of Sexual Representation
by Lynn Comella, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US. Susie Bright was not yet the nationally known author and trailblazer Susie Sexpert when she walked through the doors of Good Vibrations for the first time in 1980. She was 22 years old and lived around the corner from the store at Twentieth and Valencia Streets. Bright remembers that initial visit vividly. Honey Lee Cottrell, who would later become Bright’s lover and collaborator, was working behind the counter. Cottrell, a butch lesbian with prematurely greying hair, was opening envelopes that contained a single quarter – the amount that the store’s founder, Joani Blank, was charging at the time for an itemised list of vibrators that doubled as the company’s mail-order catalogue. Bright watched curiously as Cottrell opened the envelopes and stacked the quarters, one on top of the other, next to the cash register. ‘Why don’t you just put them in the register?’ she finally asked. ‘We don’t know how to record it’, Cottrell replied. ‘It’s not a sale and no one can figure out what it is, so we just pile them up on the side and Joani says she will deal with it later’.