I cannot seem to get this show out of my head. I was laying in bed last night- wide awake as usual- and realized that I can break down the show into two main areas of critique:
1- It once again gives space for wealthy white women to tell their story. In NY of all places, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Now it is not the writers fault that they are portraying the lives of white women, for they are in fact white women. However, I find it hard to believe that in all of NY they are not talented writers whose voices are not that of the status quo. So as much as I want to hold the writers of this show accountable for their “post-racial” bullshit, it is important to also call HBO (and really our entire society) for continuing to value white, straight, cis voices over others.
2- Within the rich, white culture that Girls portrays this show normalizes abusive and unhealthy relationships. See piece below for more details. And yes some of the characters might be slightly larger then your normal stick thin actress but the show is hardly putting forth a radical new definition of beauty.
I think this show has gotten so far under my skin because Girls is not the normal schlock that I can simply write off as being too ridiculous to contemplate. This pseudo-reality that the writers have created has been championed as voice of modern 20-something women. Meaning, this portrayal of women is supposed to represent me. Meant to represent the women that I love- and that is something I will not stand for.