Knifesex’s Babalon: An Offering To The Goddess

knifesex‘s Babalon begins with hypnotic intensity, building in a brooding crescendo as creatrix Vanessa Irena whispers: “Holy is the whore.” She repeats this phrase, mantra-like: a fitting beginning to a sonic offering to Babalon. Alternately sinister and celestial, fusing noise, trip hop, and synthwave, knifesex’s first full-length release is a soundtrack for destroying the divide between sacred […]

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Lana Winters Is The Queer “Final Girl” We Need Right Now

Has there ever been a queer “Final Girl” as tenacious as Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum? Played by out-bisexual actress Sarah Paulson with astonishing defiance and lesbian specificity, Lana is a feminist survivor hero for our almost supernaturally patriarchal times. She becomes what Carol J. Clover calls the “Final Girl,” the woman who […]

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Chrysalis Eclipse

“Butterfly that flutters in the morning light, you have known many forms before you ever took flight.” —Jamie Sams and David Carson, Medicine Cards. The last days of summer always contain feelings of bittersweet reflection along with perpetual “back to school” anxiety. For me, summer always meant the freedom to create and to live purely […]

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Make Out Party: A New Queer, Campy, Sex Positive Film Is Crowdfunding

What’s not to love about camp, queerness, and positive representations of sexuality (and some seriously INSANE makeup and costume talent)? Make Out Party looks like everything I love about John Waters and 60s sexploitation, but with a warmth and familiarity that’s evocative of a night out with friends at a DIY warehouse party. Filmmaker Emily […]

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