Jes­sica allen

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On Sun­day night, the eve of Galen­tine’s Day no less, Adele told the world her Al­bum of the Year Grammy should’ve gone to Bey­oncé. And then, as if the uni­verse was steered by the forces of sis­ter­hood, the top of the tro­phy popped off, leav­ing a piece for each.

It was a shin­ing mo­ment of fe­male friend­ship. A ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity be­tween pow­er­ful fe­male voices, Bey’s mouthed words to Adele echo­ing into the era: “I love you.”

It was amaz­ing to see un­der­cur­rents that some­times splin­ter the move­ment — ques­tions of race and power, who gets in­cluded or ex­cluded and why — seemed to melt away.

It was al­most enough to make you for­get that the in­sti­tu­tion rep­re­sent­ing power in the mu­sic in­dus­try gave the big­gest award of the year to a white woman, again.

That beautiful mo­ment also re­minded us that though fe­male friend­ship is a pow­er­ful short-hand for sol­i­dar­ity, this stuff is com­pli­cated. Re­ally com­pli­cated.

Mean­while, over at HBO, the sea­son pre­miere of Girls il­lu­mi­nated the seed­ier side of fe­male re­la­tion­ships.

Hannah Horvath, played by show creator Lena Dun­ham, lands a col­umn in the New York Times by min­ing the pain gen­er­ated by her best friend hook­ing up with her ex. The forces of fe­male friend­ship split Adele’s Grammy, so a piece could right­fully go to Bey­oncé, Jes­sica Allen writes. look, your vibe and your shape. Just your whole thing,” the ed­i­tor, played by Chelsea Peretti, says. It is some­thing Hannah’s al­ways wanted to hear.

She’s sent on an as­sign­ment sold as “stupid and rad.” She must in­fil­trate a surf school in the Hamp­tons at­tended by rich women, whom she will pick apart in print.

In a sin­gle scene, a woman slaps a scar­let “A” on her one-time friend while the ed­i­tor re­duces Hannah to a car­i­ca­ture and pays her to do the same to other women.

The sec­ond episode, which airs this Sun­day, delves fur­ther into the com­pli­cated, some­times volatile in­ter­ac­tions be­tween women. Shoshanna, played by Zosia Mamet, has Meet Up Now.

It’s a chance for “amaz­ing busi­ness women” to con­nect and talk about how to “syn­er­gize and mo­bi­lize.”

Jessa, lost pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally, tags along, func­tion­ing as the au­di­ence’s Greek choir, ask­ing Shosh why she wants to sur­round her­self with this brand of woman, es­pe­cially with mem­ber­ship fees at $2,000.

“Whether it’s how to rock a romper at a work event or who you should be vot­ing for, a WEMUN woman is the per­son to ask,” a co-founder tells the group. “Is it open for trans women? The an­swer is we don’t know, OK?”

Not just a great punch line, that “we don’t know” was re­fresh­ing. Hav­ing

is the dig­i­tal cor­re­spon­dent on CTV’s The So­cial.

This stuff is com­pli­cated. Re­ally com­pli­cated.

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