Friday, January 11, 2013

Girls, The TV Show Revelation

Girls, created by Lena Dunham

Let's talk patriarchal television people, or more specifically, the sort of television that effectively reduces contemporary women to the depths of being pretty shells, with petty problems and happy endings. There is truly nothing more disheartening than watching a show which makes you feel like you need to be prettier, smarter, have better 'skills' in the bedroom and overall, be a better woman in the shallow sense of the word.

Shows like Gossip Girl, 90210, Sex & The City and so forth glamorize and degrade women simultaneously by plagueing us with guy problems, and then fixing us by having another unappreciative man take his place, all while dressing us up to be 'desirable' and thus, objectifying us.

A little deep perhaps? Well this is where Girls makes a breakthrough. This is the sort of show, with women who are women in the fullest, imperfect and tough, broken sometimes and beautifully raw. Girls is the kind of show I've grown to love because it is relatable and because it pulls no punches when depicting the life of the contemporary woman.

Our lives are messy, and hard to work with, but the women we become are hardy, beautiful and uncensored. And that, is nothing short of amazing.

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