Woman not woMAN

In the sixth episode of the third season of Broad City, boys aren’t even a part of the plot. Ilana goes around New York trying to find a job and Abbi tackles the DMV. Nowhere are boys mentioned and nowhere are boys needed. This is a show about two girls’ daily life in New York, and its valid to point out that it is possible to have a successful episode without the presence of a man, because men do not dictate our life. People believe that a show won’t succeed without a romantic factor or without some sort of drama over a boy, but that’s not realistic. Girls can get along, and girls can talk about things other than boys.

I am not trying to say boys aren’t part of our life because that isn’t realistic either, but even when bringing them up, Broad City did an excellent job of keeping the strong female characters in charge. In the sixth episode of the first season, the women took full ownership of their sexuality. In what could have been a typical and even basic episode of girls trying to get guys’ attention, Broad City showed the women going out because they had decided they wanted sexual activity, and not receiving any form of slut shaming. They did not go out and pull crazy stunts to get boys attention, they went out with a goal and achieved said goal.


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