Is The Bold Type a Feminist Show?

Long story short… No.

This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

Let me get this out immediately: I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, not succeeding.

It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, a lot of different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. Think about the first episode: they judged each other’s decisions. Immediately.

Sure, the head of the magazine is a (white) woman, there is a lesbian Muslim photographer being imprisoned for smuggling vibrators into her country and there is a diverse staff… but is that enough?

It’s so glossy and perfect. Their outfits are always innovative, super trendy and their makeup is perfect. (I’m suddenly having intense Pretty Little Liars flashbacks.) It feels like they’re trying so hard to be edgy and also maintain that camera ready, perfect and never a hair-out-of-place vibe.

I was reading this blog entry on Artfulanalysis.wordpress.com and the author, Jess,  is saying rather well what I am trying to convey here. She wrote: “I feel more squeemish about their portrayal of feminism than anything else. The reason I feel this way is that I feel as though the producers are trying to capitalize on feminism. Their desire to ensure that The Bold Type feels selfish, while still attempting to be “looking out” for other women. While part of me can appreciate that some of the themes and issues they’re trying to tackle are making the program “woke”, it seems behind the times on “wokeness”. In 2017, young people are far more radical than programs like The Bold Type want to portray us as.”

It feels like Freeform is trying to show how progressive and innovative it is,

the type of feminism is extremely basic.

Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself.

But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.

Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.

At on point, Kat says that they are doing is “stealth feminism … It’s no longer how to please your man or woman in bed. It’s how to please yourself.”

Which is great! (Basic but great). Most people interested in feminism already know this and those who don’t life it, won’t watch the show.

But when you write a storyline like the whole orgasm thing in the first episodes of season 1. Jane has never had one, she writes about it and then magically the next day, a guy appears and voilà! It’s orgasm city up in here! So was it just about the guy? There was no exploring your sexuality, trying to “please yourself”? She just needed a guy who writes columns about sex at a men’s magazine?

This is what you call feminism? Nah, I don’t think so.

If your tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F word”, you gotta deliver. Don’t come here bullshitting me around.

It’s the type of feminism for people who don’t know anything (or they know very very little) about the topic. Which is important! You have to start somewhere! Myself included! I have only approached the subject itself fairly recently and it’s been a journey of constant learning!

There are positive things about the show, obviously. Some themes they have been talking about include the importance of women sexuality, raising your voice for what you believe in, going after what you want, doing what is best for you and your career, being truthful to yourself and loving Beyoncé.

They might be vague and at times, kind of meaningless but it’s there! As I said before, there is representation (although I’m still waiting for the utterance of the word “bisexual”), one of the recurring characters is a Muslim lesbian artist, they talk about sexual harassment and rape, the importance of having your breasts check out to prevent breast cancer and the online harrassment episode was one of the show’s best.

Amazing and important topics! So yay! If the show had come out ten years ago, it would have been really important for people to watch. Now in the #MeToo, Trump and political and social awareness era, it goes unnoticed.

Speaking of the current US president, I did not like the fact they kept mentioning him and their hatred towards him. That is exactly what he wants. He loves people talking about him, he lives for attention and the show is serving all of this on a silver gold plate.


800 words later, it’s time for me to end this post.

Do you watch “The Bold Type”? Do you think its portrayal of feminism is realistic? Do you feel like any of my views are wrong?

Feel free to write a comment or tweet at me or even send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

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The Bold Type Season 1 Review

Attention! This post contains strong language because I was angry and… I can’t help myself.

This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, they are not succeeding.

It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, showing different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. It’s the first episode and they have had a fight, they have judged each other’s decisions and yelled at each other on a subway platform.

Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, and Katie Stevens in The Bold Type (2017)

And they call this feminism? Women empowering each other?

I’m a bit sceptical.

Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself. But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.

Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.

I’m obviously invested in these women’s lives because it’s what we’re supposed to do.

But the acting is appalling and I’ve come to the conclusion it is badly written.

For example:

  • ep 02: The cliché “I’m yelling about my sex life/ my vagina and a hot guy hears me.”

THIS ANNOYED ME SO MUCH!

  • ep 03: name dropping strong female politicians? YES! Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris! Woooo!
  • ep 04

Ok they just did an episode talking about Jane never having had an orgasm and now, literally 40 minutes later, she is reassuring Ryan about how much she enjoyed the previous night.

First of all… why??

Second, why did they resolve it so easily?! This could have been dragged for at least a couple of episode! It makes no sense!

She comes out saying she has never had an orgasm (publicly! On the fashion magazine’s website!) and with the next guy she sleeps with, she is able to climax. Not once but twice, as she highlighted.

GIVE ME A BREAK!! WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT?!

  • ep 05: I’m having Grey’s Anatomy Amelia Sheperd’s flashbacks with the power poses!
  • ep 06: Sutton losing the necklaces made no sense. It’s 5000$. PUT IT IN YOUR PURSE! I did like how they portrayed Jane’s struggles with testing for brest cancer very early in a young woman’s life. It was good they shed a light on this.
  • ep 07: The disastrous evening at Richard was terrible in every sense. This weed plot is old. So old. Please stop now. And the Sutton broke up with Richard. I don’t care.
  • ep 09: Less Trump & more immigration talk please.

STOP SAYING HIS NAME AND TALKING ABOUT HIM.

You are not the news. You’re job is not to cover him. You can protest his policies all you want. I’m super in favour of that, he is a fucking moron. But stop dropping his name! That’s what he wants!

Also, Kat buying a 11.000$ ticket to meet Adina at the airport made me so mad. Sutton was afraid of not being able to live in the city anymore and you spend this amount of money to meet Adina at the Airport because customs doesn’t let her through?

I get your doing a “romantic gesture” but it’s fucking stupid.

  • ep 10: it was so important to talk about sexual assault and rape. I’m glad they are doing it. It was an important episode. I’m not saying it was a well-executed one. But they tried. And that’s also important.


So yeah…. I am not really impressed. It’s not bad. It’s not trash but my main issue is DON’T CALL YOURSELF A FEMINIST SHOW IF YOU ARE NOT ONE.

If you’re tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F-word” and this is what you put on tv, we have got a problem.

I have just started season 2 and I’ll definitely review it as well! Keep your eyes on this space!

xxx

Georgia

First Impressions: Killing Eve & The Bold Type

Another round of first impressions!

This time, as you have probably already guessed from the title, it’s about BBC America’s Killing Eve and FreeForm’s The Bold Type!

These are my thoughts on the pilots of these two shows.

I didn’t research them or tried to find out a lot because of spoilers. My opinions are solely based on the first episode.

But let’s dive into the first one, shall we?

KILLING EVE

killing eve poster poster.jpgI. Was. Hooked. From. The. First. Scene.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. And this means it’s absolutely captivating.

It’s about a MI6 agent (Sandra Oh) who is trying to track down a brilliant and very elusive assassin (Jodie Comer). Sandra Oh gives her best performance. And Jodie Comer gives me the chills.

She is absolutely terrifying and her performance is magnetic. The story is so compelling and unbelievably intense. Two complex and layered women as leads.

FINALLY!!!

And one of them is Asian-American! I’m loving the inclusion and representation! The show is extremely well done.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it were nominated for a few Emmys. It has Phoebe Waller-bridge written all over it. (Pun intended). She did in fact write it and she is an executive producer.

Anyway, I’m loving “Killing Eve” and I’m in awe of the actor’s performances, the writing and the overall final product.

I totally expect to see it nominated for a bunch of Emmys on July 12th. (TODAY!!!!!!)


THE BOLD TYPE

The Bold Type poster poster.jpg

As the last few seconds played out and the screen went black, I murmured:

“I’m not fucking impressed”

This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, not succeeding.

It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, showing different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. It’s the first episode and they have had a fight, they have judged each other’s decisions and yelled at each other on a subway platform.
And they call this feminism? Women empowering each other?
I’m a bit sceptical.
Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself. But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.

Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.

Sure, the head of the magazine is a (white) woman, there is a lesbian Muslim photographer being imprisoned for smuggling vibrators into her country and there is a diverse staff… but is that enough?

Risultati immagini per the bold type season 1 promotional photos

It’s so glossy and perfect. It feels like they’re trying so hard to be edgy and also maintain that camera ready, perfect and never a hair-out-of-place vibe. They’re too perfect!

Sure, I want pretty people on TV, but they come in all shape, sizes and races…

If your tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F word”, you gotta deliver. Don’t come here bullshitting me around.

Maybe it was over-hyped to me, I might have had high expectations for it and this might have doomed me.It’s not bad but I’m like… meh.

And it all ends with a Lumineers song… I can’t deal with this right now.

I might change my mind as I keep watching but so far, I expected more.


So… I was completely captivated by “Killing Eve” and definitely not impressed by “The Bold Type”.

Have you seen any of these shows? Did you like them? Do you think “Killing Eve” will get any Emmy nominations? Let me know your opinions!

Leave me a comment down here, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

Killing Eve, The Bold Type, Fleabag and Riverdale – Tv Shows I’m Bringing With Me On Holiday – Part 1

It’s finally summer time!

I’ve finished my exam session almost a month ago, the concert I helped organising went perfectly and my birthday was barely acknowledged. (I’m not complaining it’s exactly what I wanted)

3 weeks at the beach, no internet, no people (aside from my extended family) and so much relaxing. I am excited to go. I’m bringing lots of tv shows, books, music… I plan on relaxing from the moment I wake up to the minute I go to sleep.

There is one huge downside: no internet.

Therefore, I have a list of show I’ll be bringing with me.


KILLING EVE

https://mr.comingsoon.it/imgdb/SerieTV/serie/1763/1763.jpgI had heard “Grey’s Anatomy” ‘s Sandra Oh was coming back to TV but I didn’t make a big deal out of it. Until now! I should have kept an eye on it because it is created, produced, directed and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is also behind “Crashing” and “Fleabag” and was in Broadchurch with my main man David Tennant. And not to mention the other protagonist of the show, Jodie Comer. She played Kate in the BBC’s “Doctor Foster”.

I don’t really know what the story is about. I’ve tried to avoid it as much as I could. I want the element of surprise. I know it involves Spies, the MI5 and an assassin. So I’m super intrigued.


THE BOLD TYPE

Risultati immagini per the bold type posterI can’t believe this show escaped me as well! I’ve heard it’s quite a feminist show. (apparently mostly white feminist, but feminist nonetheless.)

It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. I have no clue who she is and what the magazine is about, so I’m going in knowing nothing. Literally. Apparently, it’s a recurring theme in this post.

I’ve heard people say it’s like a modern version of “The Devil Wears Prada”. I’ll let you know my thoughts!


RIVERDALE

Risultati immagini per riverdale posterI know. I’m trash.

I swore to myself I wasn’t going to watch this. But my sister is kind of buddy-watching it with one of her friends and I gave up. This is so addictive. Just like Pretty Little Liars. I should hate this but I love it so much.

It’s so bad. Like, really bad. The acting, the dialogue and directing is garbage but I can’t stop thinking about it. Well done, The CW. Well done.

This show is about Riverdale, a small american town where a young teenage boy dies and secrets start to unravel. It’s basically “Pretty Little Liars” meets “Gossip Girl” (there is an actual narrator Gossip Girl-style) and “Twin Peaks”.

It’s garbage and I love it.

Risultati immagini per b99 holt pure garbage


FLEABAG

Risultati immagini per fleabag posterPhoebe Waller Bridge’s Amazon and BBC Three’s TV show about a woman trying to live her London life after experiencing a tragedy.

I can’t believe I have to say this again but… I know very little about this one too. I know there is Olivia Coleman (KWEEN!!!!) and a racy scene involving her and a video of one of President Obama’s speeches.

It received great reviews so I can’t wait to see it. I say this even though it has been on my TO-WATCH list for at least a year and a half.


Here is part 1 of the list of shows I’ll be bringing with me on holiday. YES, I’M NOT JOSHING AROUND. IT’S PART 1, PEOPLE.

Have you got any recommendation for me? Are there any shows you think more people should watch? Let me know!

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xxx

Georgia