Why I love ‘Girls’
I didn’t know it was possible to pinpoint the complex multi-faceted and challenging world that a young lady has to face on a daily basis. If you weren’t subjected to an all girls school which is apparently totally okay – that is, if you want to risk leaving school at 18 socially inept with men. When you finally do face the real world with both sexes, if you don’t encounter a wolf whistle or derogatory comment at some point you are living in a little palace somewhere in nowhere-ville.
Women today are a great mix of unnerving confidence, to get a job position they would have easily gotten if they were born 10 years earlier is now tough. Women are living in a world that equally praises them and punishes them for being beautiful. Women are more atuned to technology, not afraid to look masculine and will be able to drink a guy under the table given the challenge.
I first watched ‘Girls’ – unconvinced by the name, moreover as a result of social media peer presssure. The opening scenes of the first episode could have been replicated in my own life during my early years of adult hood – the conversation when your parents explain you have to make ends meet yourself. Hannah flips out when her parents suggest she pay her own way in life, an internship is NOT a job – it’s true, it’s in the pipeline to make all unpaid internships virtually illegal (Tony Blair got in some trouble when his company was discovered to hire interns unpaid). But if you do get paid for an internship, you’re suddenly really ‘lucky’ to be paid despite the fact that it only really affords the luxury of cheese on top of your spaghetti hoops jacket potato. And this is before you get absolutely ripped by the tax monster.
Hannah is one of the leading characters alongside Marnie, Jessa, Shoshanna and co – hold up, this is no Gossip Girl. Girls focusses more on the reality of friendship, interning, sex with strangers, and plays upon the ridiculousness of girls self-indulgently talking about their emotions as if it’s an award winning monologue.
To name a few of my favourite moments would be tricky, after discovering this all but 5 days ago I have managed to creep into the second series (with severe consequences to my social life).
- Getting fired from an internship – an impossible task proved possible by Hannah
- Going to an interview that is going really well until you joke about the number of date rape cases declining in the year when your interviewee went to school (Hannah has alot of ‘Miranda’ moments)
- The first moment you begin to experiment with your eyebrows and end up looking like a cross dressing German transvestite
- Realising it’s possible for a guy to be too nice
- Experiencing the ever maturing relationship with your folks when/if they ever want you to be involved with their wedding anniversary (the episode where Hannah goes home to see her parents, is priceless)
- Replying to a guy who has said/done something mildly offensive ‘I can deal with it because I have my big girl pants on’
- The precise moment a distant friend begins to pinpoint you as the sole listener for all of their drunken ramblings, you literally run as fast as you can.
- There’s always one girl who has to leave a party because she’s literally disgusted at how no-one else is really that high
All of the little narratives which follow each girl seems to profoundly tap into, if not me, then my friends’ lives. Marnie who’s been sexually repressed in a long term relationship. Hannah who is mindlessly subjecting a needy and at times bi-polar boyfriend. Shoshanna who’s naivety and ignorance is refreshing in the way she sees the world black and white and Jessa – the carefree Brit, who’s confidence is unphased by pretty much anything. Life isn’t Gossip Girl picture perfect and romance doesn’t have an outcome of Dr Shepherd and sex in an on call room, infact, girls capture the ugly side of sex, the devouring of a whole pot of ice cream and the apparent gaps in knowledge when it comes to saving money. It’s so unexpected to see something which captures the lives of young women so accurately. 5 stars.