Girls: The Awkward Twenty-Something Reality

After a season and a half, 18 episodes, mid-twenties frustrations and countless awkward sex scenes, it all makes sense.

Girls, the HBO television series that just recently won a Golden Globes Award for Best Television series, is a must watch for those of us that are in the “twenty-something” range of life where reality just isn’t as easy as it once was when in college and especially back in high school.

I began watching the show a few episodes into the first season. Actually the first episode I watched was “Hannah’s Diary,” where it begins with Adam, Hannah’s crush/f*** friend at the time, sending Hannah a sext on accident; end result, she still whipped her breasts out and sexted him back. That opening scene was when I became hooked because something like that happens all the time and very easily, especially for those of us with iPhones.

This show is great because it is easily relatable. The confusion on which career path to walk down, mistaking love for lust and lust for love and where your feet touch down in life: these are all issues that everyone aged 22 and older has experienced at one point in time or another.

What stands out most about this show are the sex scenes. They’re awkward as hell. It’s like you want to look away, but you can’t. You laugh because you don’t know how else to react. And these sex scenes come in bulk, you’d think you were at a Best Buy warehouse and every TV was plugged in, turned on and was tuned into the Spice Channel. But in real life, who are we kidding? We all have sex. You might be Hannah and have a new body every week or two or you might be Shoshanna who just recently lost her virginity. You could be a free spirit like Jessa or a “classy” Marnie. You’re at least one of these girls.

It wasn’t until recently that I came to realize why I felt the way I did when watching Hannah getting stroked on a ping pong table by a man she really knew nothing about. These sex scenes are real. Not real in the sense that someone is actually having sex with Lena Dunham on set, but more realistic than what we are used to viewing.

We’re so accustomed to watching these Hollywood sex scenes that last five minutes, but somehow everyone is sweaty, panting and has had repeated orgasms without making any noise louder than a whisper. That’s not real life. You’re not getting your O that fast. “We don’t believe you, you need more people.”

These sex scenes are awkward because this is pretty much what sex looks like. That awkwardness the first time you give up those draws, that pause where she’s waiting for you to throw that condom on and doing something new and gradually having it become a part of your sex life. This is mid-twenties sex. It’s awkward because it’s like watching some strangers you don’t know get freaky right before your eyes with no shame. As the audience, we are the ghost in the room that see’s all but remain without a voice or the ability to touch anything. We just have to take it.

Girls is just a purely organic show. It’s raw. It’s authentic. And most of all it’s insightful. You can learn from this show and at the same time you can use it to vent. It’s a comfortable feeling knowing that others have gone through or are currently going through the same thing you are. The main theme to gain from a show like this is to experience and learn. Get out there, see what it’s like and deal with the consequences. Growth.

Even Queen’s own rap artist Nas co-signs this show:

“My favorite show right now is Girls. I don’t know where this girl Lena Dunham came from, but she’s amazing!” Nas tells People Magazine.

Find your own way to check it out. Pay for HBO, jack someone’s account for HBOGo or find links on the Internet. Do what you have to do. You’re welcome in advance.

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