The Voice of a Female Generation

by: Marina Lucic

April 11, 2012

The real boarder of girlhood and womanhood is something that, as a 24 year old, I can relate to. College is over and parents minimize or take away their financial support. What next? Money needs to made, but how? What do I love? Can I even make money doing what I love? On top of this there is sex, relationships, friends and just the everyday awkwardness and difficulty of living in NYC, where it is so easy to get lost in the hugeness of everything around you. “Girls” is the new HBO series, directed and written by Lena Dunham, which explores this period in the life of four friends living in NYC. She says, “I felt like there wasn’t a pop culture mirror reflecting girls my age experiencing the trials and tribulations of being female at this time.”

GIRLS, HBO

It’s like “Sex and The City” but with dorky and awkward young males replacing the men, money problems and college debt replacing the snazzy night clubs, cocktails and designer fashion… the life and toils of females who are at a particularly fragile and tumultuous period  and who have no idea where in life they are going or how they are going to get the means to go anywhere at all.

In a recent article on The New Yorker called Girls Will Be Girls, Megan Talbott discusses “Girls” and what it reflects about where woman stand in terms of sex within our culture today. “Over all, it’s a show that reminds you that the sexual revolution is a done deal, that few women today see sex as a bargaining chip in a bid for commitment, and that gender parity tends to go along with more sex.” The sexual revolution may be a done deal when it comes to problems of the past but every era brings with it new problems and Girls is here to air out what is right now, a sexual revolution of it’s own rather than a sign that the revolution is dead.

In fact, Lena’s character in the series tells her parent’s that she might just be the “voice” of a her generation. Perhaps this is true for Lena herself who is giving a voice to young women where it has always been absent from pop culture. I’m not a big fan of TV and can never really keep up with anything, but I’ll definitely be collecting up a bunch of my girlfriends every week for “Girls.”

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