Why "Broad City" Is The Best Kind Of Feminism
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Why "Broad City" Is The Best Kind Of Feminism

Ilana and Abbi are the feminist heroes we need.

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Why "Broad City" Is The Best Kind Of Feminism
Rolling Stone

When my roommate first showed me an episode of Broad City, I was hooked. The show follows the lives of Ilana and Abbi as they figure out life in the city as twenty somethings, and through the hilarious situations they get themselves in.

The girls' approach to feminism is what drew me in. It was a different kind of feminism, one that felt real and behind the scenes. Unabashed and uncensored. These girls know what they want, are confident in who they are, and show women that there is nothing sexier than loving yourself and powering through life with a "f**k it" attitude.

Here are the best feminist lessons Illana and Abbi taught us.

1) Love yourself and your body

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Just look at Abbi dancing butt naked in her apartment. Because why the f**k not?

2) They celebrate other powerful women

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3) They aren't here to smile at your request

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4) It's totally okay if you don't want children.

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5) They normalize the female body

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6) It's okay to make the first move.

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Ilana and Abbi don't have time for guys to make the first move and neither should you.

7) Don't let men talk down to you.

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If something rubs you the wrong way, you let them know.

8) They own their sexuality

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9) They are career driven

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10) But most importantly, they teach us what true friendship looks like. They love each other and support each other through everything.

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