It’s Com­pli­cated is stupidly sim­ple

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Here’s another story line that re­volves around the tired “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” trope, cour­tesy of the folks over at Mzansi Magic.

Ac­cord­ing to its pro­duc­ers, It’s Com­pli­cated “fol­lows the lives of seven Jozi char­ac­ters who are dealt with life chal­lenges while they are busy mak­ing plans. Con­fronted with the choices of love and mar­riage, fam­ily and friend­ship, loy­alty and ex­pec­ta­tion, they face off against the fu­ture.”

I must ad­mit that the show has great pro­duc­tion qual­ity, but the sto­ry­telling is re­ally poor.

By the sec­ond episode, it had suc­ceeded in declar­ing that women, of­ten por­trayed as crazily des­per­ate when sin­gle, are in fact out­right loony and des­per­ate for an en­gage­ment ring.

Hon­estly, there’s no end to the num­ber of ar­ti­cles, TV shows and movies that em­pha­sise women’s fears and anx­i­eties about love and mar­riage.

I con­cede that get­ting en­gaged is some­thing many women dream about, but there is a grow­ing num­ber of us across the globe who aren’t dy­ing to be en­gaged, mar­ried and the mother of 2.5 chil­dren by the time we’re 25.

The men in the show demon­strate very lit­tle in­tel­li­gence or mod­ern-male qual­i­ties. One is a phi­lan­der­ing per­vert of sorts, while the oth­ers come across as mere pup­pets. But the most grat­ing part about the new drama is its in­sin­u­a­tions.

I’ll spell it out. Ac­cord­ing to It’s Com­pli­cated, ev­ery­thing a woman does should re­volve around a man and, ul­ti­mately, lead to mar­riage.

The show touts it­self as in­ves­ti­gat­ing the strug­gles of the mod­ern woman, but in­stead bom­bards us with the no­tion that find­ing a Prince Charm­ing and hav­ing the “per­fect” wed­ding is all we can strive for.

STRAIGHT­FOR­WARD In It’s Com­pli­cated, the men are sim­ple­tons and the women are dy­ing to get mar­ried

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