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THE FIERCEST FEMALE DUOS

Friends & Lovers, Mindful MediaLily MyersComment
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise, circa 1991. Serious denim crush happening.

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise, circa 1991. Serious denim crush happening.

Okay, so I just saw Thelma & Louise for the first time, and it blew my mind. I couldn't believe I'd never seen it before. As best friends & outlaws, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are so absolutely badass I just couldn't contain myself. They're the coolest female protagonists, complex and funny and troubled and brave and bold. They give the whole movie life: humor, resilience, attitude, love. They're tough broads making tough choices. And although they're like all of us, getting into tiffs (and, er, conflicts a bit bigger than tiffs), they've got each others' backs. They take turns being the supporter, the cheerleader, the tough-love-giver. (Plus, they're seriously stylish.)

Ever since I watched it, I've been feeling particularly appreciative of all the fierce female duos on the big and small screens. Broad City, of course, takes the cake as my favorite TV lady-duo. Abbi and Ilana so represent the type of women I love and love to watch: totally imperfect, totally hilarious, flawed and full and funny. Halle-freakin-lujah.

It's so rare and sooooo refreshing to watch stories about women relating to each other, and not just as love interests to men. Sure, I'll take a good love story now and again, but come on-- they're everywhere. It's still uncommon to have female-led entertainment, especially with two female protagonists embodying a complicated, fresh relationship.

It's refreshing because it reflects our real lives; as girls and women, we know that we have complex and beautiful relationships to each other. So many rom-coms and sitcoms ignore that fact. I'm tired of seeing girls portrayed constantly as only the love interest, only the sexpot or the crazy ex-girlfriend or the bitchy boss. We're so much more than that, and goddangit, we can carry a movie.

A total gem of raucous and rowdy female friendship is the 1966 film, Daisies, by Czech filmmaker Věra ChytilováI've seen it twice in the past few weeks because I LOVE IT SO FREAKING MUCH. It's a totally groovy New Wave film, with surreal colors and images, centering on two girls who run around doing shenanigans and getting unwitting men to buy them food. It's SO much fun. The wildness of these women gives us a permission to embrace our totally wacky side--and women in film aren't often allowed to be wacky. Pretty? Yes. Subdued? Sure. Controlling? You bet. But wild and fun-loving and no-shit-giving??? That's a role usually reserved for the guys. If you need a complete breath of fresh air and a whole lot of girlfriend love, you'll adore this film.

Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbandova frolicking in Daisies.

Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbandova frolicking in Daisies.

My other current favorite femme-duo is the hilarious Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, of the podcast 2 Dope Queens. Each episode is pee-yourself funny. These women share wisdom on life, love, dating, race, and being all-around royally badass females. Listening to them feels like getting a window into their wildly funny friendship.

I remember a boy on my high school newspaper staff writing an opinion piece actually arguing that women aren't funny (I know, the nerve, right?)I was so angry I wanted to knee him in the you-know-where, but I stayed quiet; I didn't know how to prove him wrong, because I was shy and intimidated. Now I think I'd just turn on an episode of 2 Dope Queens and watch him squirm. And also knee him in the you-know-where. Just kidding. 

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Check out their amazing podcast from WNYC studios.

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Check out their amazing podcast from WNYC studios.

Who are your favorite fab female duos??? Let us know in the comments!