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The Bold Type – No Feminism in The Champagne Room (1×05)

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I’m power posing all the way into this review. Try it, it really works.

One thing is undeniable in episode 5, The Bold Type has a type. The series follows a specific structure that we’ve seen in just about every episode this season. In the beginning of the day, Sutton, Jane and Kat round up in the fashion closet to squeal and rejoice about the good things that have happened to them since the last they saw each other. This time the big and exciting news was that Kat finally kissed Adena, a girl, and liked it.

However, roughly 5 minutes into their day, everything comes concaving in on them. They find themselves broken, with shattered dreams, their limits tested, their spirits broken; everything is in shambles. Then piece by piece, they begin fixing it, finally finding the right pathway back to that happy fashion closet filled with champagne and expensive shoes. It’s a good set up though so I can’t complain – there’s conflict, there’s drama, there’s a resolution and there’s a cliffhanger… it makes for some really good, and often times inspiring, television, especially in the summer.

Things were seriously messy for our go-getter darlings this week. Kat’s fling with Adena lasted about 24 hours before imploding and it was, for the most part, all her doing. Jane’s promising story fell apart and taught her an important lesson and Sutton realized that to make it, you have to be willing to fight for it.

While Kat was beaming after their night together, Adena couldn’t help but feel guilty for cheating on Coco.  And yes, for those with morals, cheating is still cheating even if sex isn’t involved. She promised Kat that she’d tell Coco the truth and break it off since it’s been a “longtime coming” but obviously breaking up with someone after 3-year is quite complicated. When Adena stopped responding to texts, Kat immediately assumed that she regretted cheating and ruining her perfect relationship and pulled the plug on the possible relationship.

Shocked, Adena came waltzing into Scarlet looking for answers but Kat already made her decision – she was done with the complicated aspects of the relationship. And just like that, she closed the chapter on Adena. A short while later, a soul cycle class led her mind a workout that helped her realize she was being a complete coward. As tears poured down her face, she released her fears – she was failing something because she was scared of the new, of getting hurt, of failing. But as the story goes, she was too late…  Adena had already booked a flight to Paris and was going to try to “work things out” with Coco. The truth hurts but maybe, seeing as Adena is always conflicted about her feelings and what she should do, it’s for the best.

Sutton’s love life remained in tact, which is honestly surprising because I thought a major part of the series was going to be about her secret relationship with Richard. I’m glad it isn’t, at least for now, because her struggle of getting her “dream job” within Scarlet is key. Becoming Oliver’s “fashion assistant” was her dream until she realized that taking it would cost her a considerable chunk of her already measly salary. Let that sink it. We’ve all made the same face Sutton made when we’ve looked at our paychecks too, right? Does she take a job she’s always wanted with a lower salary or does she pursue something that’s less fulfilling but better in terms of cash? Sutton opted to power pose her way in and renegotiate her salary but “I’ll consider it” was basically a “no” and she was which with limited options. Her new job wouldn’t pay the bills, heck, it could barely pay rent, and her old job was already gone because she was replaced by a bright and overly excited new assistant that seamlessly transition into the role as “new Sutton.” It was disgusting.

Jane told Sutton that the only way she’d get what she wanted was if she was “willing to let it go.” Obviously, Sutton didn’t take to the idea very well because she didn’t have a safety net to fall back on but the girls made it more than clear that they would be there for her if she failed. As long as she waltzed in and fought for her worth and didn’t settle for less. And they were right! Her persistence and bold attitude impressed Oliver. She obviously knew what she wanted and was willing to settle less by negotiating for “perks.” Her take-it-or-leave-it attitude proved that she wasn’t afraid of having her voice heard and that’s admirable in the industry and for an assistant.

Sutton’s predicament is one many millenials have found themselves in over the years. We settle on taking low paying jobs because of the allure of the industry, in this case, the magazine industry. The “girls making it in the city” trope has been rehashed in every magazine industry based movie for DECADEs if not longer and it begs the question: What’s so glamorous about having a job when you can’t afford your life? Your job title. The allure is in the job title. It’s as if your to pretend your “fashion assistant” title is worth the ramen noodles, thrift store outfits and ratty apartments in unsafe neighborhoods. Yet, it doesn’t change and there is a line of potential candidates waiting to jump at that low paying job like the new girl replacing her. Sutton should feel lucky. Sutton is lucky.  Millenials who get these job are lucky. And then, they should feel lucky to hustle to keep their position or get a promotion.

I’m sure it helps if you have some inspiring and supportive friends who will offer to pay for your rent and drink cheap bubbly with you. It’s a cutthroat industry for a reason and only those who are truly confident and fearless, like Sutton proves to be, will have a shot at making it.

The series touches upon many important issues in our current society, especially when it pertains women, but Sutton negotiating her pay is a major one for young women, and honestly working women in general. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read articles about how women are too scared to stand up for what they think they deserve in terms of pay. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost walked into my bosses office to show him my achievements and ask for a raise. And I’ve never done it because I think it’s wrong, I’m out of line, I’ll be fired, I’m pushing my luck or that I’ll be perceived as needy. Other times, I’m so certain of it but I just don’t know how to approach it. Sutton was my hero and I’m going to take her courage and run with it the next time I see my window of opportunity. I don’t just want a raise, I deserve it.

And lastly, when you’re not worried about paying rent, you’re worried about getting sued.  Jane has literally been tiptoeing on a minefield since getting this writers job and this week was no different. She was convinced she wrote this wildly inspiring feminist piece about a Wall Street employee who quit her job and became a stripper to feel liberated but instead got sued by said stripper. Then she made it worse by judging this woman and calling her “just a stripper” to her face.

Jacqueline handled the news better than Jane explaining that writers often times got sued for defamation. Comforting, right? But it wasn’t that Jane wrote a terrible or hypocritical piece, it’s that she didn’t do her research, which is KEY when you’re a journalist.  Sutton told her that Morgyn was less upset about her identity being revealed and more about the fact that it got her son kicked out of private school, so Jane decided to go against what her lawyers advised and waltzed back into the strip club to apologize. They say you always have to make things worse before you can make them better and that couldn’t ring truer for Jane. Eventually, Morgyn settled and Jane knew she deserved the money. Not every piece you write will be a winner but that doesn’t equate to failure. As Jacqueline said, you just have to go and write something else.

Jane’s job is seemingly safe for now… that is until she writes her next controversial piece. Sutton has the dream-job, but it’ll still be a struggle to make ends meet and live up to the glamorous “ideals” that everyone believes should come with working in the fashion industry. And Kat, well she learned that sometimes, it’s just a little too late and self-sabotage is a real B.

Till next week – go be bold. 

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The Bold Type – The Domino Effect (2×06)

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Tiny Jane is doing big things on The Bold Type! 

It’s actually irritating how quickly she bounced back from being unemployed. That’s definitely not how the real world works. Though something tells me that Jaclyn knew Jane would be nominated for a Mandy Award which is why she rejected her when she tried to get her job back in the first place.

Jane wasn’t operating with confidence; she was operating from a place of fear. But by taking a few weeks and really diving into freelance pieces, she was able to believe in herself and her abilities again. We all need to hit resent from time to time, and it’s great she has a boss that is really looking out for her.

And in turn, Jane is looking out for Jaclyn. She was shocked when she was approached by Elena, a victim who wanted to share her #MeToo moment. While it’s good that Jaclyn’s confession allowed her to speak up, it’s unfortunate that she also blamed Jaclyn for the assault because it was the same man years later. It’s a double-edged sword because Jaclyn’s intent wasn’t malicious but years later, she realizes how important speaking up was.

Thankfully, they can use this as a teachable moment for other women who are going through the same thing. Speaking up is incredibly scary, but it could help someone else and it could prevent another woman from becoming a victim.

Let’s remember that strong women empower strong women.

Many shows have tackled the #MeToo movement but few have done it in such a straight-forward yet graceful way. Everyone benefitted from it, and there is no one better to tell these sensitive stories than Jane. So glad she’s back at Scarlet but in a way, it’s almost like she never left.

Kat’s situation with her sex dreams and thoughts about other women is problematic for her budding relationship with Adena. I’ve read some comments about how the series is portraying bisexual characters as cheaters and while I am no expert of LGBTQ relationships by any means, I didn’t see it this way.

From my perspective, Kat loves Adena and wants to be with her, there is no question about that, but since she’s new to the lesbian scene, she needs to have a few experiences before she can settle down.

While it’s understandable that Adena was upset to find out that Kat kissed another woman and mentally cheated, she knew she couldn’t blame Kat for being curious. I actually think it’s expected of people who are experiencing something for the first time.

Adena has been with so many other women and yes, Kat has been in other relationships before but when it comes to same-sex, Adena is all she knows. She has to curb that curiosity because it’s just going to get stronger the more she denies it. And that might just be a date with another woman for her to realize that she already has everything she needs at home.

In my previous reviews, I mentioned that they were moving too fast because this was an issue I saw coming early on. Adena should have pumped the breaks and let Kat live in this newfound realization for a little bit.

I don’t think Adena and Kat are over just yet, and I can definitely see them having an open relationship for a little while.

Drunk Sutton was really not rubbing me the right way. You know when you watch someone do something wrong over and over again? That’s how I felt every time Sutton hung out with Brooke. Even Oliver knew that she was trying to fit into this lifestyle that was clearly all wrong for her.

Being a millennial, I understand wanting to make connections because that’s the name of the game these days if you want to be anybody. However, not at the sake of your health and happiness.

Plus, Brooke couldn’t care less about Sutton, her feelings, her wants, what was hurting her — she just wanted someone to party with and it was getting old, fast.

I’m glad she pulled the plug on that friendship and realized she was just trying to run away from the pain of losing Richard.

The takeaway lesson from the episode that we all need to copy, save and store in the back of our brains is that it’s okay not to be okay. It really, truly is. Sometimes, we have to fall apart, to fall together. But we can never lose sight of who we are, what’s important and who has been there for us.

I hate that Sutton gave up such a great guy because she was afraid of what others might say about her.

However, maybe he isn’t that great of a guy if he sent his new girlfriend — or should I say old love — to get styled by his ex. He knows Sutton is basically the fashion department — where did he think she was going to get styled?

Dick move, Richard.

Did he do it to make her jealous? Did he do it to show off his new girl? She clearly has no idea about Sutton and was under the impression that Richard would be ready to settle down soon.

Unfortunately, with the way he looked at Sutton at the gala, he’s not over her just yet and they have some unfinished business.

I don’t think that the age difference is such a big issue. It might cause a stir initially but it’ll subside as long as they are dedicated to each other. And I definitely don’t think the new girl is “right” for him just because she’s his age and a lawyer.

Though I have to admit, Sutton really is the bigger person for staying professional and putting all her feelings aside to make sure the “new girlfriend” looked gorgeous for their date night. Not all of us are capable of that so it just goes to show you how genuinely good she is.

And I’m glad neither Kat nor Sutton skipped the award show because of their own personal troubles. Yes, Ben would have been there for Jane, but he hasn’t been around nearly as long as her best friends have.

They are there for each other through the highs and lows; Jane stood by them during the lows, and it was only fitting that they were there to celebrate her accomplishments as well, even if it was through gritted teeth.

Thoughts on this week’s The Bold Type? Are you ready to see Sutton as a gun owner next week? Do you love that Jane and Ben’s relationship is heating up? Will Richard and Sutton find their way back? Are Kat and Adena doomed?

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The Bold Type – OMG (2×04)

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The Bold Type has gotten into the habit of tackling important and cultural issues on each episode. This week is all about religion and faith, how many sex partners you’ve slept with, the ugly side of influencers, and a good love triangle, which simultaneously reveals just how unethical people are willing to get to build up a career in New York City.

Last we saw Jane, she was trying to keep it together after being told that there wasn’t a spot at Scarlet for her. Which explains why she’s chaotically looking for any gig she can get in “OMG.”

Have you seen the size of their apartment? No way they can afford it with one unemployed lady.

While she’s putting out feelers, she runs into a familiar face at the coffee shop. I expected her run-in with Pinstripe to be delightful and while their chemistry still works in their favor, Ryan is too far gone at this point chasing leads for celebrity gossip stories. Think sleazy TMZ.

His day-to-day, or should I say night-to-night, involves him frequenting elite clubs to dig up dirt for the next morning headlines. And he tries to justify it by telling himself that the gig allows him to focus on his “real writing” aka his novel.

Desperately, Jane falls into the throes of the nightlife while also looking for an escape from Ben. Nothing is really wrong with their relationship and in fact, he’s quite pleasant. But he’s religious which for some reason, really bothers Jane.

She makes some good points about someone in medicine seeing the scientific side of things and still believing in a higher power, but her argument that religious people are judgemental when she herself is doing all the judging doesn’t hold.

At first, It actually seems like she’s running away from something potentially great and self-sabotaging by giving into the more familiar.

Eventually, the underlying issue comes to light — before her mother passed away from cancer she told Jane to pray to God that things would get better. When she died, Jane felt betrayed and lost faith.

She makes it official with Ben only after she sees that Pinstripe is willing to expose a cheater and ruin a family for headlines.

She realizes he’s too far gone and she’s morally unable to do this job. I’m a little disappointed in where they took Ryan’s character, though I’m not surprised. Previously, he made a living by being a sex columnist. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wouldn’t say he’s ever really been motivated by a higher standard of journalism like Jane has.

The whole point of leaving Scarlet was to write pieces that were inspiring and influential.

Speaking of influencers, Sutton learned real quick that the number of Instagram followers doesn’t equate human decency. Nor does it make for a good friend.

I’m perturbed that at how realistic parts of this series are. Women can be smart and hustle hard, but in the end, it is still about who you know.

Sutton forced herself to befriend Brooke so that she could move up in the fashion world. And when she was cornered into paying a hefty bill, she allowed it because of the promise of getting into a “Chanel” show.

Not that I think Oliver will have any problem with the charge if this influencer is really a must-know that will help Sutton do a better job, but maybe she should have taken a clue when he mentioned he wished influencers weren’t even a thing. Olivier is always keeping it 100.

I’m more concerned about where this path will lead Sutton who usually has her head on straight.

I hope she doesn’t start acting like the influencers to fit it; I truly believe that hard work will pay off, no matter how competitive the industry. You just have to keep hustling.

Also, it really pissed me off that this girl thought she could just play the “this is how it works in the fashion world” card and Sutton would cave. But she knew she had the upper hand because she has what Sutton needs.

Sutton was also driven by her insecurity — Kat is head of a department working at the magazine less while she’s still an assistant running around with Oliver’s puppy.

It’s understandable but also unfair to Kat. There is no rule that all friends have to be on the same level at all times. And that’s okay.

Just imagine how Jane must feel seeing both her friends employed while she self-sabotaged her career by wanting to experience different things.

Kat went to her first lesbian bar with Adena and was in for quite the culture shock. Adena has never pretended to be someone she isn’t and has always been very vocal about who she is, so it was weird seeing her not want to talk about sexual partners.

Seeing her with all these women who were most definitely ex-partners had to have been hard on Kat and she didn’t once think to assure her that everything was fine.

You’re supposed to trust your partner, sure, but Kat is going through quite a life-changing experience. She doesn’t know how any of this works or what constitutes the “norm” for lesbian relationships.

By not wanting to divulge in how many partners she’s had, it seemed like Adena was covering something up.

Turns out, she’s putting on a brave face for Kat when in reality, she’s terrified by how uncertain her future is. She isn’t wanted in America, but she’s choosing to stay here and potentially never see her mother again.

The situation may have been trivial leading up to this moment but the immigration is anything but. In fact, it may be the most timely issue The Bold Type tackles. And it shines a spotlight on what immigrants face when coming to a new country for a better life; giving up what is familiar and the possibility of never seeing their loved once again.

It also leads to Adena dropping the “L” bomb on Kat. They are moving pretty fast, aren’t they? Whatever, I’m just glad that they didn’t break up over this.

In fact, I can see Kat marrying Adena in the near future so that she can give her the best of both worlds.

Thoughts on this week’s The Bold Type? Chat with us in the comments!

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The Bold Type – Carry the Weight (1×10)

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When the first pumpkin spice latte appears at Starbucks, it doesn’t just mark the start of fall, it marks the end of our summer TV shows. And that includes fan favorite, The Bold Type. 

Fashion week is usually a mixture of couture outfits, skinny models and anyone that’s everyone sitting in the front row of these shows. On the season finale episode, it was a mixture of uncertainty, carrying your weight and proving your worth.

Sutton, Kat and Jane all had their sights set on goals. Kat was aiming for that 2 million mark on Scarlett’s Twitter, Sutton wanted to make fashion week her B to prove to Oliver that she’s not your average assistant and Jane wanted to write a profound piece and impress Jacqueline one last time. As always, life got in the way.

Sutton found herself in quite an HR mess. Amidst running errands and picking up designer clothes, she finally gave her relationship with Alex the green light. And 30 seconds into it, she was caught making out with him in the fire-escape, which prompted a very serious meeting with the big wigs. One of those big wigs being Richard, her ex. Awkward right? I mean, can you imagine confessing to having “sexual relations” with a co-worker in front of your ex?  This definitely put a damper on the allure of an office romance and proved how dangerous her relationship with Richard really was. If a co-worker was SUCH a big deal, imagine a board member!

With all that being said, Sutton soon realized honesty was the best policy and she owed it to Alex, since she really did care for him, just not in that way. They could never be anything more because he’d always be second best. No matter how hard she tried to fight it, she was in love with Richard and it didn’t help that he believed their break up was a bad decision and he should have fought harder for her instead of his job. The last scene shows them smiling each other in the elevator, which comes right after she proved herself to Oliver and was allowed to cover a fashion show by herself. Winning!

Kat found herself obsessing about her Twitter metrics in lieu of the Fashion Week party she was throwing for the company. But it quickly became apparent that her obsession with reaching a social media milestone was to keep her mind off of Adena, specifically all the fun she was having on her spontaneous, adventurous life. It was kind of eye-opening to watch Kat get everything she THOUGHT she always wanted when it came to defining success from her job and realizing that it was empty. I feel like we, millennials especially, get caught up in this idea that reaching our career goal will somehow fulfill us. When Kat realized that there is more to life than climbing the corporate ladder one escalator step at a time, she found the courage to do the unexpected and booked a ticket to Peru, I’m guessing. Chasing the adventure, chasing the relationship, chasing the real meaning of life. Really, I couldn’t be more proud.

Both Kat and Sutton found their happiness and their balance but it was Jane’s story arc that carried all the weight. And Jacquelines, quite literally. After trying and failing to tell her boss that she accepted a job at Incite, Jane was assigned a powerful story, the kind she’d been hoping to write since the minute she was offered a writing position. Jacqueline admitted that at the time, she wasn’t sure Jane was mature and experienced enough to write a story about a sexual assault survivor but she was willing to give her a chance, under her guidance of course. And that meant, Jacqueline got a little brash about the whole experience, which left Jane conflicted and feeling like she wasn’t meeting expectations.

Even after the girls organized a live stream of the survivor’s art display in New York through Scarlett’s Twitter, Jacqueline still wasn’t pleased. She wanted more, she wanted to story to have an impact, to relay how important the message was. Finally, Jane decided to just be upfront with Jacqueline that she was leaving the magazine, which understandably took her by surprise. It seems like Jacqueline considered Jane sort of her protege but it was Jane’s bravery that helped her really own her truth.

As the girls met up in the park to join the sexual assault movement, Jacqueline left the Fashion Week party and offered to take the Lady Justice weights from the survivor, revealing that she too was a survivor. It was such a powerful scene. If you were at all in tune with Jacqueline’s usual demeanor, you could have figured this out by her involvement and sensitivity to the assignment but it was a statement. Such a powerful woman accepting that she was a “victim.” Jacqueline’s vulnerability allowed Jane to see her in a new light and eventually, she came forward with her story, owning it so that it could help another woman in the future. The moment that really sent chills down my spine was when she said that you never really go back to feeling normal after being abused, you just find a new normal that feels so real and don’t even realize how heavy this secret is becoming.

I guess you could say, Jane’s last piece for Scarlett was her best work yet but it does feel premature considering she just got this job and bonded deeply with her boss. Hopefully, she continues being a mentor in the future. Those wanting answers on Sloane’s love life, particularly when it comes to Pinstripes, have to wait until season 2 unfortunately.

So what life lessons can we take away from some of the boldest women? Love trumps career but it’s nice if you can balance since both are equally important. Seek adventure. Be wild. Speak your truth. Sleep with the wrong people… and the right people. And always follow your heart.

I’ll surely miss these ladies over the fall season but I hope we catch up with them in a few months. There’s no official word from Freeform on whether or not the series is getting a second season but a show that’s creating buzz as being modern-day Sex and the City while being socially conscious and tackling important issues like the BRCA gene, sexual assault and immigration is a show I’d like more of. Don’t let us down, our society, our women need this empowerment.

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