Why MTV’s “Girl Code” Gets It Right
Kristy Pirone | On 16, Aug 2013
MTV’s latest hit series is once again not even a little bit about music. Shocking, I know. But MTV’s Girl Code is so fantastic I can almost forgive the misleadingly-named channel for not actually featuring music-related shows since the early 1990s. Almost.
The show is just 14 female comedians (and a few guys) sitting in front of a camera talking about everything from periods to plastic surgery, but somehow it manages to be one of the funniest, most accurate shows I’ve seen on television in a long time. It has had a few unfortunate moments, and there is room for improvement as far as abelist language goes, but the good in Girl Code ultimately outweighs the bad. Girl Code is like the older sister you never had, and its weird brand of feminism is a refreshing change of pace from the network that brought us the horror that was Jersey Shore.
The ladies of Girl Code are not afraid to say what needs to be said, and they aren’t afraid to embrace their sexuality. Instead of being preoccupied with what is and is not “acceptable” or “ladylike,” these women dive headfirst into topics that are (for some strange reason) considered social taboos — whether it’s as innocent as passing gas, or a more serious matter, like taking control of your own body.
The women of Girl Code make it very clear that “you are the CEO of your own crotch,” and that women shouldn’t be demonized for having sex or wanting to have sex (or for not having sex or not wanting to have sex). And they convey it in a way that is amusing and easily accessible. They also talk about the importance of safe sex, which is a very important topic to discuss, especially on a network that seems to glorify teen pregnancy. By disregarding whatever warped double standards are in place for women talking about sex, Girl Code shows strong women making their own decisions about their bodies.
The women of Girl Code also have a lot to say on the topic of body image. Whether they’re laying down the Tall Girl Code (“You can date whoever you want, and you can wear whatever freaking shoes you want. That’s the Tall Girl Code.”), or discussing the pros and cons of different breast sizes, the underlying message is that every girl is beautiful and every girl deserves to feel beautiful. By reminding us that “even the girl in the magazine doesn’t look like the girl in the magazine,” Girl Code sends a message about the importance of positive body image. It doesn’t matter what the television says you’re “supposed” to look like, what matters is that you love the way you look and own it. In the end, they call out the media for the unrealistic expectations it places on women and remind us that nobody’s perfect (except for Beyonce).
But the first and last, end-all reason that should be at the top of every woman’s watch list is because it is so damn relatable. Watching an episode of this show is like sitting down with your closest friends and a carton of Ben and Jerry’s and just venting about life. I mean, look at these:
Either you love it or I guess you don’t, but I’m going to take a guess and say you do because it’s like someone’s narrating your inner monologue on television. Just a guess. If you haven’t already, go grab some Phish Food and marathon Girl Code. You’ll be glad you did.
Written by Kristy Pirone
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