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Broad City: Feminism 101, according to Abbi and Ilana

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






Abbi and Ilana give us a feminist lesson in loving yourself first... the hot neighbor later

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the writers, creators and stars of Broad City, a Comedy Central show that breathes cackling, pot-smoke-filled life into the well-worn TV territory of 20-something ladies livin' and lovin' in New York City.

If you haven't seen it, Broad City is Girls for actual girls.

Jacobson and Glazer follow in their mentor and producer Amy Poehler’s footsteps by embracing a feminist perspective and audience. But Broad City's feminism just refuses to fit into some "angry" or "preachy" stereotype.

Abbi and Ilana love men and sex and genuinely enjoy their lives in a carefree and apolitical way that wouldn't usually lend itself to true feminist street cred. But they also refreshingly spend their time focused on themselves and meeting their own needs and desires for everything from sex and drugs to cereal and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

A woman who cares about and for herself first? How's that for breaking the mold?

Here are a few important feminist lessons courtesy of Abbi, Ilana and Broad City:

You can be a feminist and still look smokin' hot

Abbi and Ilana give us a feminist lesson in loving yourself first... the hot neighbor later

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A man who appreciates and respects the real you is totally sexy

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Remember that guys have the same anxieties and embarrassments

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For some women, becoming a mother doesn't sound all that awesome

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A vagina is useful

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Turns out, it is also way more convenient than a clutch

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So spend some quality time appreciating it

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You have to know how to love yourself first

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And sometimes a woman needs to embrace her masculine side

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As women, it's easy to forget our own strength

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And sometimes, even feminists just have to roll with it

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You should probably listen to your mother more often

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When the going gets tough, you can always count on your homegirls to see you through

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A man who truly loves you will take your call no matter what

Abbi and Ilana give us a feminist lesson in loving yourself first... the hot neighbor later

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A feminist can't worry about what other people think about her opinions

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Time spent home alone can be magical

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Flaunt those curves

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Men are impressed by women who speak their minds

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You have to be willing to promote yourself

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Friends are there to remind you and everyone else of how awesome you really are

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Sometimes it's fine to use sex to get what you want

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A woman is a mysterious and surprising creature

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You have to go to work every day fired up and ready to take on the world, no matter what

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It's important to be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses

Abbi and Ilana give us a feminist lesson in loving yourself first... the hot neighbor later

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It's 2015 and women can go anywhere they please, thankyouverymuch

Abbi and Ilana give us a feminist lesson in loving yourself first... the hot neighbor later

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There's nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned crush on a hot guy who lives down the hall….

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Or that Bed, Bath & Beyond addiction

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Never let anyone shame you for what you're wearing

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And really never ever take yourself too seriously

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Women should help build each other up, rather than criticize

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Some ladies can rock a tuxedo

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But there's just nothing sexier than a woman who loves herself — flaws and all

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More feminists we love

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