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The “Girlboss” is now the punchline of your favorite TV shows

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ABC’s Abbott Elementary School became an overnight hit. Clips of Amanda Seyfried dancing to Lil Wayne as Elizabeth Holmes The Dropout have gone viral. And we’re collectively addicted to Anna Sorokin’s scams invent Anna. Indeed, the season of deeply troubled — and equally entertaining — female leads is upon us, and these shows are united in their vicious, hilarious mockery of the once-adored “girlboss” character.

Only from these shows Abbott Elementary School is technically a comedy, but each is undeniably compulsively funny — thanks to the often twisted and chilling humor of the potentially psychopathic women who are at the heart of these shows. As principal, billionaire CEO, and faux-millionaire heiress, respectively, Ava of Abbott Elementary SchoolHolmes in The Dropoutand Anna Sorokin in invent Anna, are prototypical representations of the girlboss: pioneering, at least semi-powerful women who have carved their own path in a capitalist and patriarchal society. It once seemed unthinkable that a girlboss-like character would be the punchline of a popular television series — especially not in a seemingly liberal entertainment industry that constantly strives for feminist storytelling and representation. Recent cultural changes have occurred in our understanding of gender and power ultimately opened the door to the brutal comedy of these shows, as well as their massive following.

“It’s this failed promise ‘put these women in charge of corporations and that will result in all people moving up within a certain class or gender’ and we’ve seen that’s not true,” Samhita Mukhopadhyay, author of the forthcoming book Buchen The myth of manufacture about diversity in the workplace and the rise and fall of the girl boss, Jezebel said. Mukhopadhyay who is that too Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, has written in detail about the political developments that brought about social disillusionment with the hollow rhetoric of female capitalists. “The reality of girlbosses, whether corporate CEOs or political leaders, is that their lives are made possible by an underclass of working-class women, be they their children’s nanny, their driver, or whoever that may be.”

Abbott Elementary School is a mockumentary that commemorates The office, set at an underfunded elementary school in Philly. Its premiere begins with rising TikTok influencer Ava blowing much-needed funding on a mural of her face painted over the entrance of the eponymous Abbott Elementary School. The mural is unveiled shortly after she smiles for the cameras and chants, “I think the kids are the future.” Ava, portrayed by Janelle James, got the lead role by blackmailing the superintendent after catching him in the act how he cheated on his wife.

Netflix invent Anna is a fictional adaptation of the real story of the Russian scammer Anna Sorokins Cheating on New York’s ultra-rich elites. It’s endless, hilariously quotable, as Julia Garner’s Sorokin makes Riker’s Island her very own “VIP” spot while answering journalist Vivian Kent’s probing questions.

And at Hulu the dropout, We see a delightfully dramatized account of the rise and fall of fraudulent blood testing startup Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. Between endangering the lives of patients and swindling dozens of multimillionaire investors, Seyfrieds Holmes can often be seen awkwardly dancing to various pop hits of the 2000s and 2010s. We are also treated to frequent cuts from Holmes rehearsing a deeper, masculine voice. Then, in the series finale, we see her telling the Theranos board members from the comfort of her corner office that their security is so compromised that she’s replaced her windows with bulletproof glass “like the White House.”

In today’s Covid times and amid an onslaught of devastating political realities, many have come to reject the idea of ​​bringing about change through white saviors of capitalism—girlbosses, if you will. The term was first popularized by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of the clothing brand Nasty Gal. Amoruso was later proclaimed by numerous employees accused her and the brand to encourage a toxic work environment. “Girlboss” has more recently become synonymous with someone who weaponizes their gender to excuse or even justify harming others, particularly women and marginalized workers with less power. And based on TV’s latest offerings, we seem to be over it just to express our frustration with it exploitative She-E-Os. Between the spread of online “Girl Boss, Gaslight, Porter” Jokes and viral GIFs of Seyfried dancing in the role of Holmes, we literally laugh at them.

“We can see the influence of the internet on showrunners and TV writers – young people are so good at social media but also take this critical understanding of the problems of late capitalism and apply it in a humorous way,” Mukhopadhyay told me. “That laugh feels like some sort of survival mechanism in whatever we’re struggling with in capitalism.”

Two years ago, author Leigh Stein wrote her scathing anti-girl boss satire novel self care came out in 2020, explained The “end of the girl boss” was near, arguing “Mix[ing] Capitalism with social justice” will never permanently change work cultures or question patriarchal values. In other words, capitalism and feminism, which under patriarchy demands justice and dignity for those least powerful, are fundamentally incompatible. Stein is right – to see that, one only has to compare the seemingly feminist quotes that come out of a boss’ mouth with her actions.

Last month, Kim Kardashian attempted to end undeniably sexist narratives that she owes her commercial success solely to her 2000s sextape to advise less privileged women in business to “get their ass off and work”. She went on to claim that “nobody wants to work these days.” Embodying how poorly feminist empowerment aligns with capitalist values, the sentiment drew reactions ranging from eye-rolling and justifiably outraged thinkpieces to hilarious mockery TikTok dance remixes. Ironically, Kardashian is currently in it sued of seven people who once worked for them for withholding their pay and denying them overtime and statutory breaks. As depraved as the deeds of supposed feminist capitalists may be, there is often a degree of humor as depraved as they are out of touch with reality.

To Mukhopadhyay, stories and women Characters like what we saw in Abbott Elementary, The Dropout, and invent Anna speak volumes about where the feminist movement stands today. We can collectively laugh at neoliberal notions that a lone female leader or industry pioneer will ever save us, or that female leaders are necessarily feminists. “The variety of character types that women can cast has changed so fundamentally in the last 10, 20 years. And the more we have these imperfect women to criticize on TV, the better,” Mukhopadhyay said.

“The audience is smart enough to understand and see something like the story of Elizabeth Holmes and know that the message isn’t that women shouldn’t be leaders,” she added. “You’ll take away something deeper: how easy it is to manipulate these disparate, broken systems — whether you’re a man or a woman.”

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Andrew Schnitker

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