it's not really surprising that i connected so deeply with a show about lady actors playing wrestlers in the 80's. with a mostly all woman cast, created by a team of lady television pros and exploring female centric themes, i loved the netflix original show GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) with every bone in my body. maybe i cried while watching the last few episodes of spandex clad, glittery eyed, hairsprayed women dominating the ring because i was closely cuddling my hormones at the time of viewing... or maybe i was crying because the gorgeous ladies of wrestling stole my heart and reminded me on the mini screen how super female friendships are, how hard life can feel and the incredible strength of womenfolk.
also, also, also this show is full of laughs and as one reviewer said it "embraces its own the campiness."
i have this weekly email thread with my tribe of best friends from college. in this week's email, it came to me that these women are a constant stream of honest listening, thoughtful responses, care and love. they are my sisterhood of support! and i found the same rush of understanding as i watched the characters in GLOW come together to defy the odds, acknowledge their demons and forge really awesome bonds with a new group of gals while LITERALLY kicking ass. what else is there to ask for in this world??? WHAT ELSE!
i want you to watch the show so we can talk about it and perhaps brainstorm ways to get a local chapter of GLOW going? i don't know, just a thought.
but here is something i noticed (and admired) in the show:
the main character, ruth (played by alison brie), never cries. a few tears here and there, but no from the depths of your soul sobs, not even an audible cry. she messes up in a big way ruining a relationship with her best friend, is ridiculed by the director and makes a tough decision about pregnancy. i truly enjoy crying (evidenced above) and don't see it as a sign of weakness at all, but to see a woman experience such turbulence in her life and remain stoic was pretty amazing. plus, alison brie is delightful and so strong in this part.
p.s. any kate nash fans? the british singer/songwriter is in this show! she plays britannica and apparently now has abs to show off!
GLOW gives women the power and shows that a group of determined, brave and caring ladies will thrive.
now i leave you with the words of betty gilpin who plays on debbie on the show:
and this other quote from betty because all of a sudden i am realizing she is brilliant.