Feature Friday: GLOW
An Original Netflix Series: GLOW
GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Have you watched this AMAZING show on Netflix, Glow?? If you have, then you know how truly freaking awesome this show is!! The series tells the story of how the women in wrestling came to be a part of the wrestling world during the 1980s. Some of the main characters include Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder (aka the “Russian Bad girl”), Betty Gilpin (Dr. Carrie Roman from Nurse Jackie) plays Ruth’s best friend (& the “American Hero”).
You learn from the first episode that Ruth is sleeping with a married man & by the second episode we find out that he’s married to Ruth’s best friend, Debbie. The following scenes and interactions between the two are a more realistic response to this situation, than I have ever seen in a TV show.
At one point during the show, Debbie makes a comment to Ruth, “Sometimes I really fucking hate you for making it where we can never be able to have a normal decent conversation again.” This quote hit me pretty hard, just because I’ve been in this situation where my best friend hooked up with my boyfriend (in high school), and it was extremely difficult for me to deal with, so I understood where Debbie was coming from but I also could see Ruth’s side of the situation and she was honestly upset about it, and took responsibility for what she did. However, just because Ruth handled it well, minus the whole affair in the first place, doesn’t mean that Debbie could forgive her and just move on.
Anyway the point I’m trying to make here is that the show focuses on the experiences of real women. So often the media portrays things that happen in life in a way that causes people to question themselves, and/or their decisions that they make. Even the way someone is talked about in the media can distort our thinking about ourselves!
Think back to when news came out that an NFL player abused his wife, and then video surfaced to further provide proof for the incident that took place. Do you remember how talk show hosts talked about the women involved??
They asked questions like, “if he did this before they were married, why did she marry him in the first place??” Unfortunately, abuse is not that simple. There is a lot more to it than what people outside of the relationship are seeing! Abuse is a cycle, that continues and grows worse over time. The person doing the abusing seems charming and as if he/she could never be capable of such behavior. Not to mention, threat after threat might be given if the person being abused doesn’t do what the abuser asks. My point is, don’t make assumptions about anyone’s relationship behind closed doors, because most likely, YOU HAVE ZERO IDEA OF WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE.
Now let’s circle back to Glow! (My ADHD might have kicked in just a little)
The opening scene is one that has more importance than it may seem when first watching, but the scene opens with Ruth auditioning for a role in a movie. When she finishes reading her lines, the audition lady, corrects her and tells her she read for the wrong part, and tells her she needs to read it again doing the right part. This sounds like no big deal BUT, it is! This is an example of how women were seen and treated during this period of time in our culture.
Could you imagine being seen as good for nothing but secretarial work or something “nice to look at?” Just be glad that that is not something we have to worry about anymore!
Glow also shows many different shapes, sizes, and colors of women, as well as examples of healthy relationships and friendships between women. PLUS it takes place in the 80s!! You know what that means?!?!?! BIG HAIR, AND LOTS OF MAKE UP! AND The costumes are AWESOME!! This show is just all around a good one for you to add to the TOP of your list!
Let me know in the comments if you have already watched it! What did you think?? I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions!!