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.
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
– Erotic kissing only.
Non-erotic, short kissing scenes.
0 stars – Nada. You could happily show this to your grandmother
Thanks to the ewok. Much love always.
Just a few links to some organisations and websites that
have supported my efforts here over the years.