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Date Posted: 13:34:32 04/19/09 Sun
Author: Alex Wood
Subject: Tolerance as a Trojan horse

I recently saw "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love," and one aspect of it that disappointed me gave me a new appreciation for a scene in "Lost and Delirious."

What disappointed me about "The Incredibly True Adventure" was how stereotyped and uninteresting the straight girls were in their intolerance. It was very different from the dining hall scene in "Lost and Delirious" where one of the girls says to Tori something to the effect of "Even if you were a lesbian, what's the big deal? My aunt's a lesbian." (It's been a while since I saw the movie, and I can't quote the dialogue exactly.) Tori stops for a second, looks at her, and says something to the effect of, "Yeah, but I'm not."

I'm not gay, but I suspect that scene captures the modern reality much better than the simplistic intolerance depicted in "The Incredibly True Adventure." To Tori, who was very invested in the idea of being straight at that point, the "What's the big deal?" comment must have seemed like a "good cop" attempt to elicit a confession. This is one more way "Lost and Delirious" captures the complex nuances of the situation it deals with.

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