This week I was delighted to see the start of the second series of the comedy-drama sitcom that follows the lives of five students; Fresh Meat. As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of comedy I’m usually guilty of overly scrutinising every new show I see and Fresh Meat was no exception. When I first saw the show I loved how in touch with the reality of starting uni it was; the awkward first conversations, the trying really hard to make it look like you’re not trying at all to fit in and the rituals that no one really gets the point of.
My main affiliation with the show is the inclusion of genuinely funny female characters. After a season of female fronted comedy shows that in my opinion, encourage viewers to laugh at women for all the wrong reasons, such as them being stupid, annoying, unsuccessful and clumsy (New Girl, Two Broke Girls) I was feeling a little disheartened about women’s role in comedy.
It has always been widely understood that comedy as a genre is generally sexist with an absence of women in every form of it, from stand-up to sitcoms and an exhaustion of repeated stereotypes and stock characters. I hate the feeling of watching a show and feeling that I can’t relate to a single woman on the screen, not only that but also feel a little bit of resentment towards them for giving us all a bad name.
I know lots of women who are genuinely funny, and not because they’re constantly making mistakes or making the wrong choices of men…they’re funny in the same ways that men are funny. This is why I’m in love with Josie, Vod and Oregon of Fresh Meat, they each have their own interesting personalities that actually have substance. Their sex lives are just as if not more active than their male friends, because they choose for them to be, and they are funny for their satirical take on life. The women in Fresh Meat don’t necessarily act like highly empowered feminist’s (despite Oregon calling them ‘feminist vikings’ in the previous series) but are shown as equal to their male housemates, just a group of friends where gender doesn’t really come in to it…too much.