Who Am I?
I'm NancyAmazon and I am the writer and webmistress of this site. I live in Sydney, Australia, have a BA in Communications, a Masters in English Literature, work in IT Marketing as my day job, and aspire to be the lesbian Roger Ebert (RIP Roger). In the past I have also contributed film reviews and articles to sites such as The Sydney Morning Herald, theLWordOnline.com and AfterEllen.com.

Why did I call this site "Kissing Fingertips"?

I wrote a paper many years ago for a film class entitled "kissing fingertips: queer erotica in mainstream cinema". Do you remember how Antonio Banderas passionately kissed Tom Hanks' fingertips in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia right before he was about to die? Yeah, that pissed me off. The idea grew and I realised that much of the lesbian desire we saw for years on film and TV was often expressed through the kissing of hands or fingertips. While the situation is a lot better now than it was when I first started this website (longer ago than I care to admit), the name stuck, and it continues on. Call it a cautionary tale now.

What on earth is "sweeps lesbianism"?
In 2004, Liz Friedman (ex-Xena writer/exec producer and all-round hilarious lesbian in show biz) coined the term "sweeps lesbianism" in the Bravo documentary TV Revolution: Out of the Closet. She described it as the phenomenon of TV shows presenting otherwise heterosexual women kissing women during the American sweeps TV months in order to attract higher ratings and generate noteriety for the shows. The episodes are usually highly publicised, and the women all magically snap back to being perfectly straight once the show's regular season resumes. The women they kiss are often hastily dispatched.

The Kissing Fingertips rating system
= Awesome. Sell your soul to see this.
= Excellently done!
= Entertaining and worthwhile, but not brilliant.
= Has some OK moments but mostly pretty bad.
= Drivel. Avoid! Avoid!

I've never given a film a zero rating and I probably never will. The fact that somebody makes a film at all is impressive enough to earn some credit.

The sexual content ratings
– Soft Porn, actual sex.
– Full-frontal nudity and/or extended simulated sex scenes.
– Artistic or medium level simulated sex scenes, no full nudity.
– Erotic kissing only.
– Non-erotic, short kissing scenes.
0 stars – Nada. You could happily show this to your grandmother

Shout out
Thanks to the ewok. Much love always.

Links
Just a few links to some organisations and websites that have supported my efforts here over the years.

The L Word Online
AfterEllen Peccadillo
Cheek2Cheek
 
 
 
Love and Other Catastrophes - Frances O'Connor
The L Word - Erin Daniels and Lauren Lee Smith
Loving Annabelle
kyssmig

Last modified 3 August, 2013. Write to me at nancyamazon@gmail.com