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Jane the Virgin’s Latest Episode Was a Perfect Storm of Queerness

Jane the Virgin pushed so many queer buttons that it feels necessary to take a breather and appreciate the queer superstorm that happened Friday night on the CW.

While most people know Gina Rodriguez for her performance as the show’s titular virgin, for Friday’s episode, “Chapter Seventy-Five,” Rodriguez took on the role of director. The episode also featured a subplot in which sometimes-villain Petra has a sex dream about her lawyer, also named Jane, played by queer woman favorite Rosario Dawson.

Phew, that’s a lot.

First, let’s not forget that Rodriguez herself has hinted at her own queer sexuality for a while. In 2016, she responded to a tweet asking if she was straight by saying, “I don’t need anyone to define their sexuality to me nor do I feel the need to either. I love hearts. Period.”

Oooooh, you love hearts, girl???

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Rodriguez went even further last year, saying that she is “more bisexual than Jane.”

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So, not only does “more bisexual than Jane” Rodriguez helm the episode, the episode also featured a bisexual subplot featuring Yael Grobglas’ Petra and Rosario Dawson.

Dawson, who has a big following among queer men and queer women alike, appeared in Petra’s sex dreams. Let’s not forget that Petra also sported a brand-new haircut and, as AutoStraddle wrote, “dramatically changing your hair/look is a concept invented by queer people.”

The two Grobglas and Dawson also shared several intimate moments during the episode, including a knee touch and a way-too-long intense lust stare. Dawson, whose character goes by JR for Jane Ramos on the show, also give Petra an adorable nickname ”Pete.”

YAAASS.


Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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