Friday, April 12, 2024

Is Skinny Girl in Transit Season 7 Addressing Salient Societal Issues?

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Skinny Lady in Transit broke my coronary heart by taking a protracted hiatus however I quietly nursed my wounds and moved on. So after they introduced this yr that they might be releasing season 7, I rolled my eyes, considering “You individuals ought to cease stressing me, I’ve moved on.” However have I, actually? Completely not! As a result of instantly episode 1 went dwell on YouTube, I rushed to observe it.

I’ve watched Skinny Lady in Transit through the years for a few causes – it’s a simple watch, chill, comedic, stuffed with drama, and the most effective half? Romantic. Rattling, Mide has my coronary heart. However season 7 has been completely different thus far. Past all these causes, I’m seeing, in real-time, how Skinny Lady in Transit is slowly metamorphosing from a cute romantic drama sequence into one that isn’t shying away from powerful however vital conversations. Don’t get me incorrect, I’m not saying SGIT has not been addressing points – in any case, fat-shaming, workplace bullying and politics, the stress of marriage, and violence towards girls are a number of the themes which have been explored and addressed earlier than season 7. However this time round, it’s refreshingly completely different and, *stealing the Gen-Z lingo*, it’s giving. It’s taking surprising turns and sure laudable character growth – I imply, take a look at Shalewa’s development – whereas not veering from the fairytale romance between Mide and Tiwa.

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When Didi stated she didn’t need a child, I used to be shocked. Of all of the characters in SGIT, by no means did I feel Didi could be the one to say she didn’t need youngsters. Her affable nature, laughter, and mannerisms all screamed “mom”. When she informed Tiwa she beloved youngsters however didn’t need any of her personal, I believed “Oh, come off it, Didi.” However then, I considered it for some time – what about Didi gave me the impression that she needed to be a mom? When did geniality, laughter and joviality turn into traits of motherhood? And these are the sorts of debates I’ve been having inside me since I began watching SGIT season 7. Like asking myself why I believed Derin was merely kidding when she began her seek for a sperm donor. In contrast to Didi, she is chilly, surly, condescending and really aloof; she doesn’t look like a really perfect mom. If Derin had stated she didn’t need a little one, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. And if Didi had stated she needed 5 youngsters, it could have been on model for her. And that was one other bias I needed to query – the concept motherhood appears a sure manner or that ladies who need to be moms needed to be a sure manner. There’s a multifacetedness of motherhood and womanhood that isn’t being talked about sufficient. I consider it’s also stunning that Derin is in search of a sperm donor. Though she’s gotten to a degree the place she’s realised she doesn’t need to increase a baby all by herself, it is necessary, in at this time’s world, to ‘normalise’ having a baby how we deem match, exterior the confines of conventional, cultural, and societal norms and expectations. So be it by way of IVF, surrogacy, sperm donor or no matter authorized means, there is no such thing as a disgrace in wanting and having a baby all by your self so long as you might be able to taking good care of and offering for the kid. And, no, I don’t imply solely financially; parenthood is way past that.

I really like how Skinny Lady in Transit is exploring points of affection and relationships too. On one hand, we now have younger Shalewa who’s rising into herself and embracing single life – a serious character growth from the Shalewa who trusted males for her emotional wants and to assist validate her place on this world. Her character exhibits it’s okay to step again from romantic like to see your self extra clearly. She’s going to remedy, she’s volunteering, she’s engaged on herself. She’s that woman! And please, Mohammed, I would like you to go away her alone.

Then there’s Aunty Dupe who discovered love – nonetheless brief – at that age. And Derin… okay, let’s see if Dewunmi is as much as any good. However, you already know, it’s refreshing to see how individuals of all ages can discover love. We dwell in a time when so many individuals are terrified of not discovering love. Or that it’d be too late earlier than they discover their individual. However I’ve all the time held a robust opinion that love will finally discover us all, 25 or 55. There’s sufficient love and romance on the planet to go spherical and also you’ll discover your individual. I consider Charles is Aunty Dupe’s individual and despite the fact that he’s damaged up along with her, I can’t wait to see how the approaching episodes navigate their love story and even discover different themes.

I’ll say I’m loving this season. I’m right here for the woke characters, studying, leisure, checking my biases and questioning my opinion on these issues.

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