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Let's Talk About That 'Broad City' Strap-On, Shall We?

By Vivian Kane | TV | February 6, 2015 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | TV | February 6, 2015 |


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This entire post is NSFW because this is Broad City we’re talking about. And strap-ons.


Broad City has never exactly been shy in its depiction of the human body and its functions. Just a quick sampling, here’s how Ilana tries on clothes:
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Her favorite…holes:
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Abbi’s toys:
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There was that time they were borderline (if we’re being generous) sex workers:
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There’s sex Skype (which is different from Skype sex)
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And Ilana’s purse replacement:
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But all of that was merely a prelude to this week’s episode, in which Abbi found new levels of comfort with her body, her limits, and her sexuality.
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This was the week that Abbi finally hooked up with her neighbor Jeremy. During sex, though, Jeremy heard Abbi ask if he wanted to switch positions, and somewhere between her lips and his brain, that got translated into “Do you want me to strap on a custom-made dildo and put it inside you?” Abbi, after only a minute of privacy to compose herself (and consult Ilana, as if there were any question as to the advice she’d give), decided she was all in. Innuendo intended.

While “pegging” isn’t typical subject material for a basic cable show, they took it even a step beyond the next night of the episode. Abbi accidentally melted Jeremy’s all-natural, custom “Shinjo” in the dishwasher, so she picks up a new one, which Jeremy immediately recognizes as a knockoff. This sparks an argument that is reminiscent of every mundane couple fight in the history of relationships, except for the fact that it’s about dildos. And that Abbi is wearing hers through the entire argument.
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What’s really amazing is that Abbi, who is normally a pretty big pushover, really stands up for herself in this fight.
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…While wearing a strap-on.
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Look, I’m not saying that this is the most important television episode of all time, but I’m also not saying it’s not monumental. How often do we see anyone, let alone an attractive young woman, exploit her sexuality for this kind of comedy?
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So yeah, it was a big fucking strap-on deal.
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