Summary of “Ebba’s New Experience”
It was the year 2008. Ebba’s girlfriend always told her she was a lucky person and should be happy because she had the best job in the world (she was a renowned journalist) and Ebba always replied that her happiness relied on having Julia’s fantastic breasts in her bed every morning on waking up. Julia always complained about Ebba’s sentimentalism and that dykes should find pride in being who they are and in what they do, not in somebody else. “Sorry,” apologized Ebba, “I did not know there was a handbook for how lesbians should behave.” Julia was the only person with whom Ebba had managed to have a relationship for over 365 days.
She had never lasted this long with anyone before, not even before coming out of the closet, when she was a teenager and had to drink cheap liquor to let boys touch her tits. Anyway, Ebba wanted to write an article about lesbian films because she, perhaps following her girlfriend’s advice, wanted to feel proud of being a dyke and wanted others to feel proud as well.
So she sat down at her typewriter and started:
Female homosexuality in the film industry has certainly been evolving over time. In the past, it had always been a theme mainly addressed in independent films. It seems however, that now this “subgenre” is finally becoming standardized and lately there have been a few films dealing with lesbianism that could be considered mainstream, such as Oscar-winning Monster or Room in Rome by Medem, or La vie d’Adele, which won a Palme d’Or at Cannes, becoming the first film in its kind to win such award. The first lesbian film dates back to the year 1931 in Germany; Mädchen in Uniform, by Leontine Sagan. Although, around this time, the subject was still considered taboo.