girl sleuth

  • Pickle Inspector: Either you leave of your own accord, or I forcibly expel you from the building, followed by your organs shortly thereafter.
  • Pickle Inspector: Got it?
  • Crowbar: Oh, please, you wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Pickle Inspector: You're right.
  • Pickle Inspector: Because a fly is an innocent creature that never knowingly did anything to anyone.
  • Pickle Inspector: You, however, I would maim.

« Lesbians who did the “hunting and gathering” information work in the 1970s and ’80s had no way of knowing whether or not they were the first wave of sleuths trying to learn about their origins. Each woman writer, publisher, distributor, academic, and activist worked tirelessly on her own project, often alone, typing, handwriting, inventing card files and mailing lists piecemeal, over and over. Every aspect of lesbian culture discovered, produced, and publicized had to be done the hard way: word of mouth. […]

Complicating everyone’s best attempts to share or advertise information, was the still-illegal aspect of just being homosexual in America. Until the Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003, state sodomy laws made consensual adult sex in one’s own home an arrestable felony, reaffirmed by the Supreme Court case Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986. Activists—including bookstore managers—had to practice constant vigilance in terms of what was sent through the mail to a woman’s house; address lists were carefully guarded.
In small-town America and most conservative states, sending lesbian-themed materials to a home address threatened women’s jobs, housing, child custody, military status, professional certification, probation and prison evaluations, church standing, school admission, psychological assessment, social workers’ reports, and actual physical safety. (Women who received the periodical Lesbian Connection in this era well recall its fingernail-defying arrangement of clamped power staples; no intruder could pry open a page to see what lay within.) […]

For my university students now, most resources needed for a reasonably good women’s history paper can be downloaded, instantly, at the touch of a button. [In the 1980s,] it required hours of girl-sleuth time and energy to get your hands on an out-of-print lesbian book or to find images of lesbians in the media… . Locating coveted information on lesbian culture… meant thumbing through dusty journals and traveling between libraries. Source not at the Binghamton University library? Time for another road trip to Cornell… I wanted, in 1984, to find biographical details on the early life of Louise Fitzhugh, who wrote Harriet the Spy. It took me until 1994 to find them, involving trips with borrowed ID cards to university libraries ranging from Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh to Bates College in Maine. Even with all these privileges of academic affiliation, I had to invest nearly a decade of legwork just to confirm that Fitzhugh was a lesbian in her day. […]

In the late 1970s, the obstacles were clear for anyone, young or old, excited by the mere idea of looking at lesbian history. Lesbian existence was, itself, debatable. The idea of a lesbian past almost had to be invented—or reinvented, over and over, by different women working alone. »

— Bonnie J. Morris, The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture

Round Up Aug 9th - 15th

Hi to all followers of Jungle Indie Rock, old and new. Here we are with this weeks, Round Up of new music (audio & video only) posted here on Jungle Indie Rock, by Mar and Reb.  Take a look and see what you might have missed over the last 7 days. New followers can also check out many previous posts here on the site Archive. You can see previous Round Up’s Here.

Reb’s Recommends for this weeks are, Video: Mike Garry & Joe Duddell - St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson I just love this, video is not great, but the poem and arrangement with New Order’s, Your Silent Face, certainly is!!! Audio: Mercury Rev - Are You Ready? I am looking forward to the new album. Hope you enjoy Reb !!!

Mercury Rev - Are You Ready?

Shannon and the Clams - Point of Being Right

Sleuth - A Finely Tuned Machine

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

Salad Boys - Dream Date

The Dears - I Used To Pray For The Heavens To Fall

Joanna Newsom - Sapokanikan

Girl Band - Paul

Prides - Little Danger

Alabama Shakes - Over My Head

Alabama Shakes - Future People

Lana Del Rey - High By The Beach (Official Audio)

Editors - Life Is A Fear

Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailin’ - Vevo dscvr (Live)

Great Lake Swimmers - I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues

Noveller - Pulse Point

Spector - Stay High

CHVRCHES - Never Ending Circles (lyric video)

Mike Garry & Joe Duddell - St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson

Chris Cornell - Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart (Lyric Video)

The Bulls - Small Problems

James Vincent McMorrow - How To Waste A Moment

Lana Del Rey - High By The Beach

Dilly Dally - Desire

Born Ruffians - We Made It

Hinds - Chili Town

Vetiver - Current Carry

Foals - Daffodils (Mark Ronson Cover)

The Arcs - Put a Flower in Your Pocket

METRIC - The Shade

Matthew E. White - Vision

Tarja Turunen - Ave Maria

Book suggestions for lesbian, queer, and questioning girls

Caution: Not an exhaustive list! However, I hope it’s helpful. (Descriptions of those I haven’t read have been gleaned from Amazon.)


Rum Spring by Yolanda Wallace. Amish girl in love with her “English” friend must negotiate conflict with family and community.

Catholic School

Benediction by Diane Salvatore. Grace and Meg experience first love in the setting of the Immaculate Blessing Academy for Girls, their strictly traditional Catholic school in Queens, NY. 

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen. High school seniors and best friends Baker and Hannah struggle with their attraction in the context of friends, families, school, and community.

Christian Fundamentalism

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. In the aftermath of her parents’ sudden death, Cameron is sent by her grandmother to a religious camp aimed at “curing” her of her same-sex attraction.


Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. 1982: Considered to be the first YA lesbian love story with a positive ending.

Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. 1972: Set in early 19th century New England, the story of Patience White, an educated painter, and Sarah Dowling, a cross-dressing farmer, who must struggle to make a place for their love in their close-minded community.

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. 1973: Set in the south in the 1950s, Molly Bolt’s hilarious coming-of-age/coming-out story.

Coming Out

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. Astrid has no one to talk to about her issues except passengers in the airliners flying 30,000 feet above her.

Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

Ash by Malinda Lo. Complete with cruel stepmother and mean stepsisters, Ash is “Cinderella with a twist.”

Huntress by Malinda Lo. This “prequel” to Ash tells the story of two young women who must undertake a hazardous journey to save their world.

Graphic Novel

Likewise: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag by Ariel Schrag. The comic trials and tribulations of a high school lesbian.  

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. Goth girl Kim (“Skim”) tries to balance an obsessive attraction to a teacher with the friendships of her peers.


The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse: A Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless Mystery by Mabel Maney. Hilarious spoof of girl sleuth/student nurse stories.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy: An Original James Bond Parody by Mabel Maney. The story of James Bond’s lesbian twin sister, Jane.

Love Story/Romance

Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock. Willa and Louie must surmount homophobia and class differences in order to be together.

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George. Jesse is to Emily as combat boots are to pearls: Opposites attract?

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan. At a summer program for gifted high school students, two girls discover a surprising attraction to each other.

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer. The story of Kendall, a young movie star, and Payton, her childhood best friend … and more?

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Houle. Anna and Kat go on a road trip: Destination? Unknown.

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle. In the aftermath of a drunken kiss, best friends Lissa and Kate face both friendship and identity issues.

Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan. This sequel to Empress of the World follows Battle during the summer before she starts college. While getting reacquainted with her runaway brother, she falls in love with one of his artsy-bohemian housemates, Meryl.


Girlfriends: The Complete Collection 1 and Girlfriends: The Complete Collection 2 by Milk Morinaga. Charming and perceptive, sweet but not syrupy story of two Japanese schoolgirls falling in love. 


In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court by Brittney Griner. WNBA star tells her story of growing up and coming out.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi. Former child model and TV star struggles with sexual identity and eating disorder issues.


If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan. In Tehran, a young lesbian in love with another girl faces an arranged marriage to a man chosen by her parents.

Psychosocial Issues

One Hour by Q. Kelly. After surviving a Columbine-like school shooting, a student and teacher struggle to stay within appropriate boundaries while dealing with the trauma as well as attraction growing out of their unique shared experience.

She Loves You, She Loves You Not …  by Julie Anne Peters. Disowned by her homophobic father, Alyssa is sent across the country to live with the biological mother she barely knows.


The Sea of Light by Jenifer Levin. Collegiate swimmers Babe Delgado and Ellie Marks compete and fall in love under the tutelage of their lesbian coach, Brenna Allen.

The You Know Who Girls by Annameekee Hesik. The rumored-to-be lesbians on the basketball team want Abbey to try out. Should she?

Are We Really Ready For Unstoppable Characters Of Color?

Contributed to CBC Diversity by Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake

I love this business.  I’ve been in it for over sixteen years.  I have written nine novels for young readers, most of which feature strong, straight-ahead African American girl protagonists.

When my first novel, The Skin I’m In was published in 1997, it was hailed for the distinct voice and spot-on insight of its main character, Maleeka Madison, who is being bullied in the novel and confronted with issues of colorism. In Begging for Change, my main character Raspberry Hill is a girl who knows what she wants and needs and goes for it by using her wits as well as her entrepreneurial skills. In Pinned, my most recent novel, Autumn is a teenager who exhibits her strength as the team’s star wrestler, despite her struggles in school. Autumn is strong, bold, courageous and open-minded. I receive letters from kids who want to be just like Maleeka, Raspberry, and Autumn – kids who are outspoken, resilient, creative, and aspire to become strong women once they’re grown.

But it seems that smart, outspoken, straight-ahead African American girls in books are still frowned upon by gatekeepers and those who serve up books to kids. In my latest novel, Unstoppable Octobia May, which will publish this fall, ten-year-old Octobia is sent to live in her aunt Shuma’s boarding house where she is given the gift of freedom. Freedom to dream, imagine, explore, question and walk the planet whole and complete.

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This episode was both everything I ever wanted, and also, like, a bit of a let down? (Also lol I don’t speak french so yeah, this is me after sobbing through the raws.)


  • THE FOREHEAD TOUCH (though a door, but still)
  • Volpina is a master of ~*~*~*~ILLUSIONS~*~*~*~
  • (does this mean that’s the legit Fox Miraculous’s power, of just Hawkmoth being a troll. bc like Hawkmoth was on point with Antibug and Copycat.)
  • MAMA AGRESTE FOR PEACOCK CONFIRMED???? WHAT DOES GABRIEL HAVE TO DO WITH ALL OF THIS??? (I’m no longer 100% convinced he’s Hawkmoth, fight me)
  • i’m laughing it feels like such a classic trope but I’m here
  • DETECTIVE MARINETTE snooping around like a super sleuth; girl you actually don’t know the meaning of subtle
  • sneaky adrien was also adorable
  • these children are the opposite of subtle
  • Tikki dropping like a stone when Marinette handed over the book tho
  • Okay but is it now canon that Adrien will willingly let himself be dragged around by a pretty girl? (I’m laughing so hard) MARINETTE, the way to this boy’s heart is to take him by the hand and SHOW HIM THE WORLD.
  • Does Adrien listen to any girl who acts like she’s in charge tho, bc Chat seemed pretty quick to follow Volpina’s directions.
  • (I don’t know if I’m trying to make some Fruedian point with this or if I’m making a point about Adrien learning how to get really, really good at following directions and never stepping out of line bc of his dad, and dammit i made myself sad.)
  • I actually really liked the mystery here.  I’m a huge fan of buddy cop shows, so, like, treating future akuma victims like murder mysteries or whatever, with detective work and stuff would be SUPER FUN
  • THAT CLIFFHANGER THO!!!!!! Damn Papapillon, back at it again with the RIPPING MY HEART OUT
  • this was the actual season finale, chrolologically
  • when will season 2 return home from war

Not-So-Good Things:

  • *sigh* I’m not surprised they introduced a love triangle, I’m really not. It feels inevitable, almost? I mean we already have Chloé, but it’s pretty unrequited on Adrien’s side of things so she’s more a nuisance than an actual romantic threat to the Love Square.
  • (And like I knew if there was a love triangle it wouldn’t be between Ladynoir and Ladybug/Volpina, bc children’s shows, but I’m still bummed.)
  • So Lila had to be a liar to make us, what? dislike her?
  • I actually don’t mind Marinette’s reaction, bc that’s very much in line with how she reacts around Adrien.  This is the second time now she’s akumatized someone bc of her feelings for Adrien, but with Max it was indirect.  This time she was getting all up in Lila’s face, in a very active way.
  • I wished we didn’t have to pit girls against each other over a boy. (The Marinette/Chloé rivalry is also about Adrien, but goes back longer so it’s an exception.)
  • destroy love triangles 2kforever
  • character development for Lila 2k16

just got booked for another princess gig this weekend and I’m 90% sure I’ll be playing Anna I MEAN UH, SNOW PRINCESS this time!