Sex/Life & Netflix’s Faux Feminism Set A Poor Example For Young Women

Hesham Mashhour
5 min readJul 6, 2021

Wow. Let’s ignore all the bad writing, terribly cliche storylines and extremely tired tropes for a minute – and – focus on the show’s protagonist, Billie (Sarah Shahi).

Billie is thoroughly infuriating.

I spent the longest time trying to decide if Sarah Shahi who plays Billie in Sex/Life was, in fact, a terrible actress. In all honesty, it’s impossible to tell and it’s a pointless argument to have. Billie’s character only reveals two emotions over the course of the show’s eight episodes.

She’s clearly meant to be fierce and wilful but I suppose the writers were too lazy to write that into their show.

What I’m wondering is just how can someone like Billie (with this much romantic and sexual experience) still believe she actually requires a man to self actualise? HOW?!

And so, instead Billie is always either really horny and moaning while recalling the great sex she and her ex partner Brad had, or – massively distraught and on the verge of tears. She’s on the verge of tears around her husband, her ex, her best friend, the school moms and even her children.

It’s truly bizarre. Personally? I’m just amazed anyone is willing to spend any time around someone so emotionally labile. How can you go through childbirth (twice) and be someone’s mother and be so emotionally labile?

What’s even more bizarre..

What’s even more bizarre is that this emotional lability really doesn’t fit with everything else we know about Billie.

This is because Billie is a thirty something year old with two children and a PhD in psychology – someone experienced whose been around the block quite a few times, dating and sleeping around with lots of different men.

What I’m wondering is just how can someone like Billie (with this much romantic and sexual experience) still believe she actually requires a

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Hesham Mashhour

Cambridge Graduate. I write about #health #medicine and will occasionally share my thoughts about the latest #music and trash coming out of #Netflix