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“Wet Nails” art by agaricals via Shira Glassman

Halloween fun for adults doesn’t have to be about “sexy” costumes. “Wet Nails” by queer Jewish author Shira Glassman takes a new angle on paranormal erotica when a Ph.D. candidate gets a sexy manicure from the ghost of a 1950s-era film star.

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For my teacher friends out there, Jane Dykema wrote an excellent essay on teaching Carmen Maria Machado’s “The Husband Stitch” and who gets believed.

When I teach Carmen Maria Machado’s story “The Husband Stitch,” the first in her collection Her Body and Other Partiesto my fiction workshops, it’s unlike teaching any other story.

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Luckily all our bi horror storylines aren’t just coded (The Haunting) or incredibly violent (The Daylight Gate)! “San Junipero,” episode 4 of season 3 of Black Mirror, is the story of Yorkie and Kelly, two queer women who meet in the beach resort town of San Junipero.

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Image: Kelly tells Yorkie “Whatever I say, go along with it.”

Moderate spoilers below, but this episode is so complex that the spoilers here aren’t even the major spoilers.

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Bi Visibility Day is Sept. 23, 2017, so to kick off the festivities, I have a new “Ask a Bisexual” for you!

Ask a Bisexual is an ongoing series of posts about bi-erasure and bisexuality, the attraction to two or more genders.

In today’s piece, I’ll be discussing monosexism, cissexism, and visibility in Evan Urquhart’s piece “After Transitioning, I Want to Blend In. But My Lesbian Wife Still Wants to Be Out.” You might notice the slug in the URL is “how can queer couples be out when they look straight?”, which is exactly the point I want to address: How can they be out? Why, just ask a bisexual!

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016) was an experience which left me feeling both disappointed and somehow queerer. Let me explain.

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Image of Laverne Cox’s spider-web leggings with the text #RockyHorror and #DontDreamItBeIt

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I keep looking for appropriately spooky Halloween mixes on 8tracks and mostly coming up with this:

Which is fine! I love the remix of “Spooky Scary Skeletons” with the pumpkin dance.

However, if you’re looking for something atmospheric and spooky, let me recommend “Become the Beast,” an NBC Hannibal-inspired song by Karliene, which I discovered in an 8tracks Hannibal playlist that I can’t seem to find.

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The remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show aired yesterday on Fox, and though I haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to share this piece from Bitch Media about the complicated relationship between the queer community–particularly bi+ and trans folks–with this film.

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Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, who has just left a rainbow lipstick mark on the “screen” of the image. 

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IMDB has one of the most accurate but unintentionally hilarious descriptions for The Hunger (1983): “A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.” Some spoilers (major one marked below).

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Screenshot: Miriam, who has wavy blonde hair and is wearing an understated black skirt suit, plays “Lakme” on the piano for Sarah, who is in a white t-shirt and trousers. Sarah asks, “What’s that piece you’re playing?” screenshot from here (NSFW)

Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) and John (actual bisexual vampire of my heart David Bowie) are a vampire couple getting along fairly well until John starts aging rapidly. Apparently eternal life and eternal youth aren’t the same thing. Oops.

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I hate this movie so much.

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JUST A COUPLE OF GAL PALS PALLING IT UP AMIRITE [Image: Roxy and Catherine kiss in the foreground in front of Nick, who is befuddled by the concept of bisexuality]

As I mentioned in my prior post on Basic Instinct, I had a post forthcoming on Bitch Flicks. And here it is, for your reading pleasure:

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[Image: Richard St. Vier, looking hella dramatic with flowing cape and sword, on the cover of Swordspoint.]

This is very! late! But here it is!

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. 1987.

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. 

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