My sexual accessibility has never been up to me, and this was a crucial and painful epiphany to have. Content Warning: this essay mentions depression and instances of sexual coercion. It’s not that I haven’t been celibate before. As someone who lives in the gray area of the asexual and aromantic spectrums, I’ve gone long […]
Web Series “Brown Girls” Shows What Living Outside the White Lens Looks Like
Brown Girls is a Chicago-based web series written by Fatimah Asghar that highlights the power of intersectional sisterhood.
Leilah, played by Nabila Hossain, is a South Asian writer who’s beginning to explore her queerness. Patricia, played by Sonia Denis, is a sex-positive Black American musician who is struggling with commitment issues. Set in Chicago’s Southside, the show is told from a brown lens and purposely has no white representation. The show’s creator, Fatimah Asghar, describes why POC sisterhood is so important for this show:
“Friendships with women of color have literally saved my life … The show is loosely based off of me and my best friend, Jamila. My friendship with Jamila is one of the most important relationships that I have ever had. I really wanted to create something that highlighted that love, because I feel like friendship/sisterhood love is not talked about as much as romantic love.”
Brown Girls is a show that provides a safe space for women of color to live outside of the marginalization that often comes with the white gaze. It sits outside of the usual heteronormative parameters that are usually put on a show that portrays single women and artfully makes the “other” normative. Along with ethnic representation, 95 percent of the show’s staff is led by women.
Brown Girls is a refreshing show that reimagines what media representation for women of color looks like. The show will be released in March 2017 so stay tuned and check out the trailer in the meantime!