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Last night Julie & I watched Calamity Jane, because we both saw the same tumblr post about how it’s super femslashy. This post is 100% accurate. Of course, it’s still a 1950s musical and so it ends with a double wedding where our gals marry men, but before then, there are definitely some moments (like this, which is not the original tumblr post I saw, but that just goes to show how many super femslashy moments there are in this movie).

There’s also the scene where Calamity Jane stalks into the music hall to warn Katie to get out of town, and Katie responds by grabbing a gun and telling Calam she’ll shoot a glass out of her hand, at which point Calam hesitates, because she knows Katie doesn’t a damn thing about a gun, and Katie taunts her - “Unless you’re scared” - so Calam hoists the glass up, her face set, prepared to meet her death, and Katie shoots…

Actually this scene may be somewhat idiosyncratically appealing, possibly not the best way to sell the movie to potential femslash fans who are not necessarily into “and then they almost killed each other!” Which is apparently my benchmark for an eminently shippable couple in all gender combinations.

Admittedly, Calam is technically warning Katie out of town because Katie Stole Her Man, which probably lowers the femslashiness of it all. But there aren’t many scenes where women shoot at each other because of Friendship Betrayed, I can’t afford to be too picky.

Also, it’s super racist. I probably shouldn't have been surprised, because it's a fifties western & also the real Calamity Jane was a professional Indian fighter, but... I was still surprised.

Date: 2017-09-23 01:11 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (Dracula)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
“and then they almost killed each other!” Which is apparently my benchmark for an eminently shippable couple in all gender combinations.

LOL, and then with bonus points for "and then at least one of them wound up killing the other in tragic circumstances??" <3

Date: 2017-09-24 07:06 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (writing)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
it definitely makes it harder to write fics if one of the characters in the ship is totally dead.

Pfft, AUs, angst, angst with flashbacks, ghostfic! Heh.

Date: 2017-09-23 07:01 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
definitely some moments (like this, which is not the original tumblr post I saw, but that just goes to show how many super femslashy moments there are in this movie).

That scene was excerpted in The Celluloid Closet! It looked pretty slashy to us.

Date: 2017-09-24 02:37 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I could have made such a good movie-watching list!

I saw The Celluloid Closet for the first time last month. (It's still useful: the argument was not new to me, but much of the supporting evidence, especially in the second half of the twentieth century, was.) So far it has not steered me wrong in terms of interesting queer content!

Date: 2017-10-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brigdh
I have also seen tumblr posts on this topic! I really should track down the movie, because it seems awesome. (Except, you know, for the racism, but I could have guessed that would be included.)

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