I always like to have a project over vacation. I don’t mean a project like a research project, or a school project, or a redecorate/clean my room project. I don’t mean a project that requires any mental or physical work. I mean a project that makes me sit in my bed, on my laptop, and watch TV until my brains fall out.
Last winter it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The winter before that, it was Scrubs. And this winter break, it was that quintessential lesbian icon of television: The L Word. All six seasons. That’s right. I watched seventy 50-minute episodes in 3 weeks. That’s what I mean by a project.
Side note: yes, I did spend time with people. I’m not a recluse. I just didn’t sleep. No big deal.
I was rewatching the first episode of The L Word with one of my closest (and lesbian) friends the other night, and was of course obsessing about Shane. This led to a very interesting discussion, the question being:
Why does everyone love Shane?
This love falls into two categories, of course. (Or maybe three. You decide.) First, there is the incredibly-turned-on-oh-my-GOD lust-love (into which category I fall). And there is of course the oh-my-God-JEALOUS-I-want-to-be-her (into which category my friend falls). Of course, by the end of the pilot episode, my friend wasn’t sure about the strict categorization of her love. It seemed to cross boundaries, and maybe be an even combination of the two types.
So why do we love Shane? Is it her effortless charm, her “nipple-confidence” (as Tina points out in the pilot), or her amazingly adorable smile? Is it her body? Is it her shameless attitude towards sleeping around? Her sweet, damaged, loyal inner nature? Or is it quite simply the knowledge that she could easily get us in bed with a single word, and make it the best night of our lives? Every queer girl I’ve ever talked to about The L Word has something to say about Shane, even if she’s not their favorite character.
At my last count, I had ten pictures of Katherine Moennig saved to my computer. This has to mean something.
So I have a question for YOU, Sapphists. Why do YOU like Shane?