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An Appreciation of Woman Love in the Movies "Bound" and "High Art"

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Woman love, or love between women, is so abhorrent to men with access to Flickr, there are hardly any images of it at Flickr Commons.  However, seeing it in movies or in person is a turn-on, and consequently, Hollywood has depicted love between women very commendably in two color films I've seen recently: Bound, starring lovers Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, and High Art, starring lovers Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.

Next to the unconcerned capriciousness of the Gods, love between women is probably the most avoided benign subject on our planet.   But witnessing it disturbs Mr. Macho in America enormously, and it's widely considered here to be soul-destroying and totally perverted.

But whatever. 

The movie Bound is a thriller right up to its last, wonderful scene; and the movie High Art was almost equally gratifying to me, although Ms. Sheedy apparently commits suicide in the last ten filmic minutes.   Howsoever, as the blurbs at Wiki say about High Art, Ms. Sheedy's demise may be attributable to her drug addiction, not to her subornation of Ms. Mitchell's affections.

Bound Movie Poster (1996), by Wikipedia

High Art Movie Poster (1998), by Wikipedia

In short, I couldn't recommend either movie more highly, and High Art is not only available from Netflix, it has perfect subtitles.

Women in Complicity (2007), by Marind at Flickr Commons

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Woman Love (1956), by Rockabilly Gene Vincent  

Woman Love, hey hey hey, woman love, hey hey Woman Love, hey hey hey, woman love, hey hey

Well I went to my good doctor not so long ago A-walkin' in a circle and moanin' low He looked at me and said, Good Lord above, son, You need a vaccination of a-woman love.

Well I'm lookin' for a woman with a one track mind A huggin' and a kissin' and a smoochin' all the time I'd build her a castle to the moon up above I sure am a needin' me, some woman love. (Let's rock)

(Chorus: Woman Love, hey hey hey, woman love, hey hey Woman Love, hey hey hey, woman love, hey hey)  

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We'll I'm lookin' for a lovin' gal that needs a lot of care Not worried 'bout her figure or the color of her hair The doctor really scared me when he said, Good Lord above, You sure am a-needin' you, some woman love.

Well I'm tired of walkin' circles, tired of moanin' low I want my baby w'me everywhere I go I want my lovin' baby to call me turtle dove I sure am a-needin' me, some woman love (Let's rock again)  


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Browning said,  "Take away love, and our ear... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 2:19:21 PM
by the inventor of the automatic rifle. :-)... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 5:14:40 PM
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