For centuries, there has been a line in the sand that even the most sexually secure man has feared crossing. On one side, shows for guys: the kind of stuff you routinely see on Spike TV, fiercely dedicated to muscle cars, bloody warriors, and women on trampolines. On the other side, shows for girls: the kind of stuff that dominates the Lifetime network, lethargic dramas, improbably romantic scenarios, and shirtless dudes with abs that put your doughy Goodyear to shame.
This line, which in the past was dutifully maintained, has signs of fading, and is slowly becoming irrelevant thanks to shows like HBO's Girls. Helmed by indie phenom Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and comic superproducer Judd Apatow, Girls tells the story of four young women (Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet) who remind you of ladies you actually know (or want to) as they take on the big city, struggling to be recognized and to make ends meet with all kinds of awkwardness.
Think of Dunham's project as a way to wiggle yourself through to the other side. After all, there's a large divide between men who openly confess their love to Rainbow Dash (male fans of My Little Pony, called Bronies) and a guy who's confident enough to watch whatever entertains him, regardless of the label it happens to fall under. Or, one who's smart enough to recognize that a female lead doesn't equate with a dainty drama, and that watching the same shows that women do makes an excellent conversation starter. Consider this your in: 10 "Chick Shows" That Guys Will Enjoy.
Written by Shanté Cosme (@ShanteCosme)