I finally saw the pilot for HBO's Girls last night. My main reaction to it was NO.
Honest portrayal of today's 20-something woman or not, it's not a feminist show.
Female neurosis is celebrated in the media as "being real." Please see Emily Gould, Sloane Crosley, and every other woman writing a memoir in this genre. And now, see Girls.
I don't believe that it's empowering to celebrate every tick and itch, though Lord knows we all have them. I just want to see flawed women with cares and concerns beyond their own bubble.
Can we see women volunteering? Running for political office? Writing a column (that isn't about sex)? Talking about books they've read? Maybe it's not as sexy as getting fucked on a couch by your self-absorbed douche bag boyfriend after your parents refuse to fund your unpaid internship for any longer (again, see Girls), but caring about things outside of your ridiculously enfranchised headspace is what's really "real."
We're better than this drivel.