LADY PARTS PLUS CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Hello Lady Parts friends,

It’s been a week since we launched our Lady Parts Plus Campaign , and we are delighted to report that we have raised 70% of the money we need to reach our goal and make Lady Parts Plus happen.

We are now only $600 away from our destination. If you are able to contribute, we urge you to do it sooner, rather than later. We have great plans for Lady Parts Plus and would like to get to work on it for you.

EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS. So far we’ve gotten major contribution from very few ultra-generous people. We know so many of you have emailed us and written comments in the past about how much you enjoy Lady Parts, and specifically Talking Teal, with all the great interviews, and Post Op: Holby City. Many of you have thanked us for the work we do and said you wanted to see more.

WELL, here is your chance to show us your appreciation for all the work we’ve done so far and here is your chance to make sure Lady Parts Vlogs keep going. It is all up to YOU.

To be clear, if we don’t reach our goal, THE VLOGS WILL HAVE TO END. There will be no more Post Op: Holby City, no Lesbian Movie Club, no new season of Talking Teal, and the regular Lady Parts vlogs will have to be posted less frequently.

IT IS UP TO YOU. SO, CONTRIBUTE NOW.

We look forward to a year full of great interactive fun. Let’s do this!

GIVE NOW TO THE LADY PARTS PLUS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN.

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LADY PARTS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

We, Liron Cohen and Mimi Torchin, started Lady Parts, a blog/Vlog dedicated to the women of television and film and the roles they play, as a venue to promote women’s work in the media and to celebrate the shows and films we love.

Over the past couple of years, Lady Parts has grown into a space where fans can gather, share ideas and points of view, and have fun, and our interactive Vlog has become a community we cherish.

This is why we want to be able to keep it going.

However, you all know how much work we put into these Vlogs, and after doing this completely free of charge for two years, we’ve reached the point where the Vlog needs to be able to support itself.

And we’ve found a way to do just that!

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

We want to bring you your favorite Lady Parts Vlog series, like “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” and “Lesbian Movie Club,” and even expand into more Vlog series (it’s all up to you!), through an extremely affordable and flexible subscription model. SO affordable, it’s ridiculous!

For that, we need YOUR help. We are raising this very minimal amount of money to cover some of the initial costs, so that we can bring you a new and better website, a high quality channel, and a year full of Vlogs!

You’ve enjoyed our interviews and our interactive discussions before. Let’s keep them going!

WE’VE STARTED AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS.

We have to meet the goal here in order to get started. So, please, give as much or as little as you can (starting with $1 and up!) — and get some fun perks on the way — and use the IndieGoGo sharing tools to spread the word and tell your friends to donate as much as they can, as well.

And once we’ve hit the goal, keep donating if you can. Every little bit helps us give you your favorite Vlogs about your favorite shows and movies.

Let’s do this!

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FAQ

1) Does the backing money only support the campaign, or does it also go towards initial subscriptions?

Backing money only goes toward getting Lady Parts Plus up and running. There are a lot of initial costs that have to be covered. This money also helps to make sure that we can keep subscription fees to a minimum.

2) Is the backing additive? (If I give $25 this month and $75 in Feb before it closes, will there be a way of indicating multiple donations?)

It is our understanding that one can make multiple contributions. That is also a way to claim multiple perks — that must be done as separate contributions.

We understand that some of you would like to give more, but need to do it in “stages.” If a perk is unlimited ($25 & $50) or if one of the limited perks is still available, we will absolutely honor it, even if you had to do it in stages. For example, in this case, if you give $25 and then $75 and one of the ten $100 perks is still available, we will give you a thank you call.

3) If/when the goal is reached before the deadline, and someone still wants to donate, are they eligible for a call, chat, guest spot, or is that a limited time offer?

Our goal here is the very basic amount we must have to get started. However, every bit more would help us get you the best Lady Parts Plus experience right off the bat. This is why the campaign will continue to accept and welcome funds after the basic goal has been met. Perks will continue to be available, and new ones will be added!

4) Will all of the previous Lady Parts Vlogs, including interviews, still be available on YouTube, or will they transition over to Lady Parts Plus?

Any video we currently have on our YouTube channel will remain there and you can access it for free at any time (though, please consider clicking on an ad to help us there, too).

5) Will there be any new Vlogs/stuff added to your YouTube page, or is the new stuff trictly going to be through Lady Parts Plus? 

Yes! Lady Parts Plus will be a special channel for Vlog series (i.e. “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” “Lesbian Movie Club,” etc.) The original Lady Parts YouTube page will continue to be active and provide the general public new Vlogs and also little snippets from new Lady Parts Plus Vlogs.

6) Can I donate from outside the U.S.?

Yes! You can donate from almost anywhere in the world! That’s part of the beauty of Indiegogo, which accepts funds from most countries. That simply means your currency will be converted to dollars when you contribute.

Please let us know if you have any other questions, and we’ll be happy to clarify!

Thank you.

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YOUR NEW HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST

Dear friends,

Holiday season 2016 will not and should not look and feel like a holiday season any other year. Unfortunately, that is because many families are now torn apart, and many people do not know how they will be able to sit at the same table with family members who seem to have such a vastly different view on life, our country and our planet.

But this holiday season we also have a chance to channel our anger, fear, sadness and frustration into action. Inspired by the brilliant John Oliver, whose video here I strongly recommend you take the time to watch, we encourage you to do the following:

Instead of spending money on buying your friends and relatives gifts, please consider donating to one of the many charities and organizations which will be on the front lines fighting to protect our rights, freedoms and values from a hateful and bigoted administration. You can donate in your friends’ and family members’ names as your gift to them. That could work wonderfully if your friend or family member is a progressive who is overwhelmed with tough emotions right now, and it can especially work wonderfully if your friend or family member voted for the forces of evil and you are looking for a way to send them a clear message of where your values lie.

Another great idea is giving your friends and relatives subscriptions to real newspapers that practice real investigative journalism. Not only will we need our news media to be our watchdog now more than ever, but also our very fundamentally democratic freedom of the press is being threatened. Support newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and ProPublica by purchasing a subscription for yourself and others. This will not only fortify our press, but will make sure that you and your loved ones (or ones who desperately need it) get your information from reliable sources who report FACTS, rather than simply from biased and unreliable social media sources.

This holiday/shopping season, please use your money for good. Use your money to help us all.

Below you will find links to articles that list the various organizations you might want to help. If you still require assistance or need ideas, guidance or help finding resources, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

And if you want to put a smile on our faces, please write to us and let us know that you donated this holiday season.

How to Take Action, Donate and Help

10 Charities that Need Your Support

How to Channel Your Anger and Fear into ActionProductive Things You Can Do

LESBIAN SPACES MATTER

Tomorrow, our beloved website AfterEllen.com , is, for all intents and purposes, ceasing its operations.

The site that we have come to think of as an essential part of our lives, the site that has celebrated our community, served as our voice and champion in the media, provided us with a space to exchange ideas and learn about our culture and make friends. The site that was more than just a webpage, but a cultural statement, an affirmation of the validity of our stories, our desires, our needs. The site that was a place where queer women got together and supported one another.

That space, that very important space, is being effectively shut down by straight men. Bury your gays much?

So, let’s learn a bit more about the straight guy who manages AfterEllen and claims the reason for firing its editor-in-chief, Trish Bendix (and then punishing her for speaking out by refusing her severance. If he were a woman, I guess we’d be calling him a bitch, right?) was strictly a financial one , shall we?

According to his Linkedin profile and company website, Emrah Kovacoqlu is the founder, president and CEO of Total Beauty Media, a “new media beauty company” whose mission is to “inspire all women to live a beautiful life.” What the company does is build websites to provide women with fashion, beauty and “wellness” information (men have learned by now that they have a better chance at selling women crap they don’t need if they claim it’s not just to make them more attractive to men but because it’s better for their own “well being.”) The company says it reaches all kinds of women because “all women want to look and feel beautiful.”

And so, according to Kovacoglu, who is also the general manager of “TotallyHer Media” (I’m sure the irony is not lost on you) and obviously thinks of himself as the man who has finally figured out what women want, lesbians (a strange variety of “woman” he probably had never encountered before and who, as it turns out, might want different things!) are not a big enough draw for advertisers (I could take it as a compliment and deduce that they think our community is just far too smart to buy into their stupid marketing strategies, which try to tell women they’re not good enough/pretty enough/hygienic enough/smooth enough and so they have to buy their products. But the truth is, they are probably just too lazy to try to come up with a new strategy that doesn’t have to do with telling women that if they bought their product they’d be more appealing to men).

But there is more to this than just the bottom line. This is what happens when men run women’s spaces, and when straight men run queer women’s spaces.

When men are exclusively running “women’s health” panels and committees is how abortion and birth control are still a contentious issue rather than a fundamental right a woman has to her own body.

When male executives control almost all the top positions in the media, film and television industry, is how year after year, women are relegated to the roles of “girlfriend” (usually sexually objectified) or “mom” (usually culturally invisible), whose identities are defined strictly by their relation to the men in their lives.

When men make up 80% of our legislature is how we still have to fight (unsuccessfully, for the most part) to pass common sense legislation to combat domestic violence and end the gender pay gap.

Women’s spaces, lives and bodies have been ruled by men for far too long. And who is the most threatening woman? The one who doesn’t need men to validate her existence at all. The one who is not interested in men or needs them. The one who will not buy a product because it will help her get noticed by them, the one who will not dumb herself down so that they like her, the one who will not shut up about them killing her surrogates on television.

So I say, let’s make our own spaces. Let’s eliminate the male managers and the ignorant advertisers, and let’s do it by and for ourselves. To the fabulous women of AfterEllen.com , the women we have come to love as some of the most wonderful voices of our community, I call upon you to start a new website, subscription based. And to the audiences out there, the queer women who have loved AfterEllen for years, you who have decried that #LGBTfansdeservebetter , I call upon you to support one another and our community and BUY a subscription.. Make this into a statement so big that we prove to all of them out there who we are, what we want and what we are capable of.

Listen to our queer sister Jill Soloway and let’s Topple the fucking patriarchy!

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EMMY AWARDS 2016 REVIEW

Due to unexpected circumstances, we could not tape our special Post Emmys Vlog this year. So this is Liron, writing down our Emmy thoughts on behalf of both of us. There was much that made us happy (I think you can guess at least a couple of those moments!), and a few things we could have done without. So, without further ado, let’s start talking Emmys!

HAPPY:

  • The absolute highlight of the evening, for many of us, I’m sure, was the long-overdue win (yes, I know it’s only been a couple of years, but if you have seen her in action, you know I’m right) of the incomparable, the revelatory, Tatiana Maslany for best actress in a drama series for the multiple characters she fabulously plays on “Orphan Black.” I think we had all been so frustrated with the industry largely ignoring her that none of us truly expected it to happen. And it seemed like Tatiana was the one who expected it the least! (bringing her phone onstage, so she could read the few notes she had probably typed up in the car, on her way to the ceremony.) Well deserved, and probably the most exciting award of the night.
  • Almost just as exciting, and my favorite speech of the night, for sure, was Sarah Paulson‘s win for best actress in a limited series for her outstanding portrayal of Marcia Clark in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” or as Mimi thinks it should have been called, “In Defense of Marcia Clark.” Paulson not only won “best date” of the night by bringing the actual Marcia Clark along with her, but she also used her stage (literally) to apologize to Clark on behalf of… well, the whole country, really, for the abominable way in which she was treated while prosecuting the case. Ending with “Holland Taylor, I love you” was just the cherry on top. (And following Holland Taylor on Twitter during the Emmys was no less exciting. They win favorite couple on the planet for me at this very moment).
  • There aren’t too many women directors out there, and the Best Director categories are not usually overflowing with female nominees. Which is why it was extra fantastic when two women picked up the award for Best Director in the drama and limited series categories. Jill Soloway, who has created the gem that is “Transparent” (Which is coming back this Friday!) gave a fabulous speech and ended it with a call to “Topple the patriarchy!” and director Susanne Bier picked up the only award for the excellent miniseries “The Night Manager,” which otherwise couldn’t compete with the favorite (and equally excellent) O.J. drama.
  • Speaking of O.J., we were pleased to see Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance win for their excellent portrayals of Chris Darden and Johnnie Cochran respectively.
  • Jeffrey Tambor won again for his beautifully layered performance of Maura in “Transparent” and made me cheer when he shushed the orchestra (in Hebrew, no less!) so he could plead with Hollywood to tell more trans stories and to cast trans actors to play them.
  • We were saddened his wonderful costar Judith Light did not win best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as Shelly, but if she had to lose to someone, then how fabulous that it was Kate McKinnon, who is the best thing on SNL right now (and is hilarious and charming in anything she does, from her brilliant parody of “Carol,” which remains the funniest video of the year in my book, to her hysterical role in “Ghostbusters”). The more Kate McKinnon, the merrier.
  • Leslie Jones came onstage to painfully poke fun at her Twitter ordeal. We feel ya, Leslie. I wish a stronger anti-bullying statement could have been made there.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won way too many times, in my opinion (though I am sure they were all very well deserved wins because Julia can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned, but I would like to give other actors a chance, too. Our choice was Lily Tomlin). But Julia never wastes her time on the Emmy stage, and she didn’t this year, either, taking the blame for encouraging the country to consider an entirely incompetent and unfit person for the presidency, saying that her show now feels more like a sobering documentary, rather than a comedy. She also brought me to tears talking about the recent loss of her father. We love you, Julia!
  • The people who work hard behind the scenes and are relegated to the creative Emmy Awards (which are largely ignored) were given an acknowledgement, which was quite nice.
  • Jeb Bush! You go, for having a sense of humor! Albeit a very sad joke.
  • Diversity! The film industry and the Oscars have a lot to learn from television. Not only was diversity apparent from the list of winners, but in order to nominate people of all walks of life, you have to also give them roles. The Emmys just highlighted the strides we have made in representation on the small screen.
  • From what we saw on the red carpet (and admittedly, we did not watch all the coverage), the #AskHerMore movement has had an impact. The questions were much improved, talking about the actresses’ work and its social impact and just briefly asking them to state who designed their dresses.
  • To which, Amy Schumer replied, (blah blah blah) “and an OB Tampon.” Mic drop.

NOT HAPPY:

  • My WTF moment of the night was when Keegan-Michael Key presented the award for best actress in a comedy, introducing the nominees as “they’re all sexy.” And what does that have to do with the reason they’re being honored here tonight, mate? What the hell? That was not only bewildering, but downright sexist.
  • Jimmy Kimmel, whom I quite like, by the way, did a pretty solid, harmless, relatively funny job hosting. But his low point was definitely giving out the PB & J sandwiches, which just seemed like a lame attempt at recreating Ellen’s magical pizza stint.
  • And then when you give out sandwiches, please don’t go out of your way to insult people with actual food allergies by calling them “annoying.” Sarcastically joking about the greedy bastards who hiked the EpiPen price? That’s excellent commentary. But it’s hard enough for people with special diets to get people to treat us seriously (and gluten seems to have become the butt of every joke these days), we don’t need your “help.” And by acknowledging that people with allergies need medicine to prevent them from dying  when they come in contact with a certain food (or at the very least, they could get very ill), you are admitting that the gluten joke you’ve just made was not only lazy, but irresponsible. Apparently, this is not the first time Kimmel has made gluten his target. I would think he sould have gotten smarter by now.
  • The drawn-out rivalry between Kimmel and Matt Damon never quite ceases to entertain me. That being said, making a joke about Kimmel’s mother’s apples was maybe not the funniest choice (cringe!).
  • As much as I love Regina King in anything she ever does, her performances in “American Crime” were her least exciting. Olivia Colman, however, rocked my world as the extremely pregnant badass intelligence operative in “The Night Manager.” She should have won.
  • Maggie Smith, I worship you, but Jimmy was right, you should not have won. I was rooting for Maura Tierney, who had a brilliant year on “The Affair” and was the best thing about it (and you’ll notice hers was the only nomination the show received).
  • Yes, my wife has become a “Game of Thrones” follower and she gets it now. She gets why they win so many awards (and I trust her). But seriously, enough. It is time to let other shows, which are no less fantabulous, I promise you, win. “The Americans” is one of the best shows ever in the history of television and it has been so outrageously overlooked. This should have been its year.
  • As Kimmel pointed out, was there a shortage of actresses over 50 who could have played Louie Anderson‘s role?
  • Now, I had to dig up the meaning of the “hottest woman who rocks my chain” comment after it had been referenced four times last night, and I found out it was a line from a Jay Z song (“Public Service Announcement”) that actually goes “Got the hottest chick in the game wearin’ my chain.” Is he talking about bling? Or per chance, is it a metaphorical way to claim his wife as his possession? I don’t know. I can hardly imagine Beyonce letting him talk about her that way. But the lyrics do seem to follow the general hip hop formula, and we know that hip hop is known for its problem of sexism, misogyny and violence against women. So I was not keen on all the guys onstage competing on whose wife is the hottest rocking their chain. The exception was “Sherlock” writer, Steven Moffat, who actually thanked his wife for her real contribution to his life and career–she produces his show! That’s the way to thank your significant other!
  • Larry David, do we really believe you have so many hot babes falling at your feet that you need to feign interest in what they say so you can take them to bed? I predict you’ll get even less action now, after this offensive (and actually, quite bizarre) speech you gave.
  • Finally, several presenters and winners took the opportunity to talk about the political climate in this country at this very crucial time. And they have every right to do so, even more than usual, seeing that the lines between entertainment and politics are getting more blurred by the second. But I felt that Aziz Ansari‘s chosen “satire” was more off-putting than effective. Plus, at that point, producer Mark Burnett‘s primarily unnecessary comment about Hillary thanking Kimmel for the 5 minute free publicity for Drumpf became kinda relevant.

What did you think about the 68th Emmy Awards? Let us know!

LADY PARTS VOTES EMMYS: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Last Week’s Poll Results: Your Emmy winner choice for best supporting actress in a drama series is Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey.