A still from Brown Girls. Image Source.
I’m sure we can all agree that the internet, television, and women, are three of the greatest things in the world. Combine that holy trinity with bed and snacks, and you’re pretty much as close to heaven as you’re ever gonna get. This weekend you can experience nirvana with five amazing web series made by women, because downtime that gives you a break from the patriarchy is the best kind of downtime. These funny, awkward, sad and weird shows are full of girl-posi, sex-posi vibes that will leave you feeling really good about your
binge session life-enhancement session.
1) Brown Girls
Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey are the best mates behind Brown Girls — a show about two girls dealing with the shit-storm that is attempting to survive your twenties. SAME. The series follows Leila — a queer South Asian-American writer — and Patricia — a sex-positive Black-American musician with commitment issues. It’s woke and relatable without being try-hard and that’s why HBO offered to pick it up the day it went online.
2) Her Story
Co-written by Jen Richards and Laura Zak, Her Story provides an empathetic and realistic portrayal of trans women in a time of so much tokenism. It centres on trans characters Violet (Jen Richards) and Paige (Angelica Ross) as they make friends, go on dates, and teach us so much about what it actually means to be trans in 2017.
3) Woke Bae with Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson, one half of 2 Dope Queens, hosts this entertaining and educational program. Each week, Robinson is joined by a female comedian co-host to celebrate a new “woke bae”. Translation: a guy who’s “super hot, super smart and affecting positive change in the world”. Previous guests include Aziz Ansari, Mark Ruffalo and, our personal favourite, Justin Trudeau.
This web series is brought to you by Larry David’s daughter Cazzie David, so it’s no wonder that it’s been described as “Curb Your Enthusiasm for millennials”. We’re so here for its new-and-improved brand of neuroticism — a combo of apathetic, self-centred, and lol. ‘Solidarity Cones’ and ‘Tight Vagina Melissa’ are just two excellently-named episodes in the series that you really need to watch ASAP.
5) The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl
If you’ve watched a single episode of HBO’s Insecure you already know that Issa Rae can do no wrong. The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, written by and starring Issa, is the web series where it all began. It’s refreshing, it’s funny and it’s uncomfortable AF, so stop reading this and start watching it now.
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