It was that last one that finally convinced me to watch the show, because if you know me, you know I have a soft spot for vulgar euphemisms. I love that the Arch De Triumph is a play on the Eiffel Tower (look it up, kids). Urban Dictionary is teeming with absurd sexual terms dreamt up by teen boys, most of which are entirely degrading to women. Broad City’s joke totally flipped that on its head, as it does with how the characters discuss sex in general. Every time I watch the show, I keep noticing that it’s both a novel portrayal of how women talk about sex on television and a realistic example of how the women that I know, myself included, discuss it amongst ourselves.
Broad City is a total pleasure in so many ways, but one of the best parts is how the characters embrace sex. When Ilana reaches over to grab Abbi, she’s playing out a sexual fantasy (who even knew that women had those!?) which is awkward in execution, vaguely aggressive, but also sort of sweet: in other words, exactly what sex is when you’re young and horny and a little bored.
The characters truly do unabashedly embrace sex. It’s refreshing, as is their tendency to objectify men — Ilana especially — which is completely amusing to watch.
Another great example of outright physicality in the show is all of the shots of men going down on Abbi and Ilana. That’s huge — to casually show a girl getting eaten out, several times, without much fanfare. It’s a welcome departure from the typical depictions of sex on television: penetrative, twenty seconds long, and still somehow resulting in a female orgasm.
I like that on Broad City, sex occurs often, casually (see: Ilana and Lincoln having sex while she Skypes with Abbi), and because it’s a purely physical desire. We have noticed that Abbi is a little hapless and neurotic when it comes to her sex life, but it doesn’t have to do with any real feelings.
That, and I like a good dick joke.