College Girl Sex Lives is back and as messy as ever

Renee Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Pauline Chalamet and Amrit Kaur in Season 2 of HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls.

Renee Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Pauline Chalamet and Amrit Kaur on Season 2 of HBO Max College Girls Sex Life.
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Your favorite Essex University sluts (I’m using that in the loving, reclaimed sense of the word, don’t fight me) are back, navigating sex, relationships, friendship, and the flexing of frat boy abs to begin their second semester of college.

Season 2 of HBO Max’s hit comedy

College Girls Sex Life, from co-creators Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, released its first two episodes on Thursday. Although the streamer plans to release the remaining eight episodes before the season finale on December 15th, season two is shaping up nice and fun so far, and we’re hardly getting any nice funny things anymore.

The show resumes after the Thanksgiving hiatus as Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Renée Rapp), Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott), and Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet) head out for another round of debauchery, self-exploration, and on-the-theater to be reunited -nose class comment. Where in the first season the roommates, despite wildly different identities and wealth categories, reluctantly warmed to one another (who among us hasn’t dealt with our own Kimberly, a well-meaning white girl from a small town whose arrival at college is also her first exposure to the idea of ​​”diversity”), the show’s second season finds the roommates as a close-knit sisterhood of its own. A little grown up and a little less clueless, the girls prepare to tackle institutions as small as the mostly sexist, mostly racist connections and as big as the inequality of the student loan office.

Kaur as Bela continues to serve as the show’s comedienne backbone, with whip-smart banter and a near-endless thirst for the mostly shirtless men on campus (to a student performing a lap dance in a chair: ‘OK Cody, work on it, get that chair pregnant.’) After the quartet was banned from one of the campuses’ most popular frats, Bela perpositionit They throw their own party: “Now we’re the power-hungry idiots. I can’t wait to turn people down!” To make it easier to get back on track, she later scraps the idea of ​​a fraternity fundraiser, which she calls “Magic Mike live strip show, sex-positive, female-forward entertainment, strip-tacular, the is also a fundraiser for climate change”. The spectacle, she says, will feature “rip-off pants, body oil, happy tracks both front and back.”

The AV Club mention, that that the girls have primarily “white love interests whose bland personalities make them impossible to care for compared to the protagonists they date”. And while we could certainly use more colorful love interests, the lackluster white dudes that flatmates are interested in also give audiences a chance to objectify the male characters in the same way that female characters served as sideshows, romantic interests, and eye candy have been in pop culture for decades. It’s not perfectly executed, but the intention seems pure. As someone who has been objectified by these guys throughout my college experience, it feels like a salvation to see these characters earn their affection (not for approval, but for sheer pleasure), their bodies as a means of making money to manipulate and stare at them, in some cases without an ounce of remorse or shame. Of course, liaisons, a hopefully dying breed, are not the be-all and end-all of female desire; BuThere’s nothing exhilarating about using them as sometimes loveable, sometimes fuckable props on this show. Or, as Ilia Isorelýs Paulino says at a party “See that pack of cis dads right there? I can see every single one of their tail shapes.”

College Girls Sex Life Season 2 | Official Trailer | HBO Max

Elsewhere, the show continues to cover Leighton’s personal journey as she publicly steps into her queerness for the first time with grace and humor. Though she still doesn’t feel comfortable telling her family about her sexuality Back on campus, Leighton becomes a certified queer hottie — hot commodity, literally. Kimberly, the only roommate to find out Leighton is gay in season one, buys her a column of Gay Pride balloons, then panics and asks, “Did I out you? Am I a bad ally?” Leighton’s coming-out story is nothing but sweet and wholesome, emotionally supported by the girls and encouraged to slip into the DMs of other queer women on campus.

Whitney’s story continues to be about sports, while navigating her identity in the off-season with humor (“I’ve been hit by a soccer ball so many times I think my boobs got CTE”) and honesty – she feels “lost” while her classmates all seem to have found out for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile, Kimberly continues to represent class politics as she loses her scholarship and tries to look rich at the IRS. because “banks only give money to people who look like they already have money,” Leighton said.

This season’s conversations about ally and class haven’t felt particularly deep so far, but they feel authentic and light-hearted, giving us an excuse to laugh at some of the clutter we all find ourselves in in a changing social atmosphere approach the allies. But that doesn’t mean the storylines aren’t damn funny: “You are the climate refugee?” Bela asks a hot newbie, dubbed as such because he hails from tornado-torn Kansas. “You are white.”

While I appreciate the show for trying to address the glaring inequalities found in college environments, it’s the raw fun that makes the show worth sticking with. In an undie run in the snow, we see bodies of all shapes and sizes; wWe see Leighton becoming a respectful fuckboy herself as she clumsily weaves through the campus’s lesbian population; aAnd we see young women behaving in an unfiltered and often hypocritical way, which makes us love them more. Whitney, Kimberly, Leighton, and Bela are perfect beacons for the mess in all of our lives: they make me be braver, apologize less, and fail more. And what is a good TV show if not a piece of culture that affirms our messy selves? College Girl Sex Lives is back and as messy as ever

Adam Bradshaw

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