Elizabeth Banks with her husband Max Handelman. Photo: Getty
Last week we brought you news that Mila Kunis was co-producing a feminist TV series. Well, can we get a 'when it rains it pours' shout-out up in here because it looks like Elizabeth Banks is doing the same thing. The actor will star in and executive produce the new show alongside her husband, Max Handelman.
Deadline reports that the untitled sitcom for CBS is about 'an Ivy League feminist who comes to L.A to become an assistant professor and ends up moving in with two “Playboy Bunny” type females. While they seemingly have nothing in common, all three are striving to be modern empowered women but with very different ideas of how to achieve it.'
We know that, superficially speaking, this series ticks all the 'sexy ladies wearing bunny suits' boxes for those TV executives who need the ratings. But we have to say, the plot, while seemingly retrograde is kind of relevant right now. We're occupying a space in history where women are derided for being 'bad feminists' if they care too much about makeup and shoes; a time in which celebrities such as Kim Kardashian become ostensibly famous for sex tapes. The concept of 'sex positive' feminism appears to have been overshadowed up by raunch culture, leaving not a few teenage girls confused - and even suicidal - about the devastating consequences of posting half naked shots of themselves online. Which brings us to the current debate about 'slut shaming' and whether or not reclaiming the word is the antidote to the current climate of victim-blaming.
Meanwhile, the message, now more than ever, appears to be that being hot is the most powerful currency you can have as a woman. And yet! Feminism, especially in Australia, looks to be mainstreaming, with our own Prime Minister unafraid to call out misogyny when she sees it.
We can only hope that the sitcom takes a smart look at the issues we're currently facing. We'd hate for it to hit the lowest common denominator of women hating on other women for not 'doing feminism correctly'.