Punchline Magazine makes a serious challenge to AfterEllen’s "KATE MCKINNON FACES LESBIAN DRAMA AT VAG MAG" as best Vag Magazine headline yet. Also, an important question: “Do you wonder what objects a hard-headed woman would be willing to menstruate into in the name of feminism?”
So the year’s not quite yet over, but I feel pretty confident in saying this: the independent comedy series Vag Magazine is one of my favorites of the year.
Vag is a classic example of a web series targeted towards a very specific audience — in this case, women who have read the magazine Bust and, while enjoying the vegan cuisine and crafting tips, wondered if there wasn’t a little bit more to third-wave feminism.
But just as a non-gamer can appreciate most of the humor of Legend of Neil, those unfamiliar with Bust‘s editorial content can still find the humor in reuseable menstrual pads (it’s seriously a thing, guys) and “female-positive” statements like “all of the slurs we called each other were gender-neutral.” The writing is sharp, the pace fast, the production values great and the cast clicks together beautifully.
Why is this review from British lesbian blog The Most Cake so great? Let’s count the ways:
This sentence: “Currently we’re hearting all over it and are bare dez for episode two.” Dez is apparently British lesbian slang (!) for “when you are are soooo into someone you start acting in a freak like nature…midnight drunks calls leaving hundreds of tragic messages, stalking, building shrines in their honour” AWESOME.
They refer to Kate McKinnon as “the blond weirdy one.”
In conclusion: greatest Vag Magazine review yet? Quite possibly.
Unspeakably awesome write-up from AfterEllen’s Grace Chu!
Vag Magazine is, at its heart, a workplace comedy. If you’ve ever held a job in your life you’ll recognize the over-eager intern/sycophant, the boss whose vision is often far less than 20/20 but no one calls her out (except one, who is routinely dismissed), and co-workers who don’t seem to bring anything to the plate except exhale carbon dioxide, which, in the grand scheme of things, perpetuates the circle of life, but doesn’t help when it comes to launching a viable business venture.
Usually when feminism or feminists are lampooned, it is done with a misogynistic bent, but this series was created by feminists for feminists, and it is definitely on the side of the angels. Super absorbent angels with wings that is.
It’s harder to shut someone up when they’re making you laugh, so perhaps Vag Magazine is a start, a subversive way to help our daughters one day feel as confident about what makes them women as our boys do about what makes them male.
Amazing write up from Alex Alvernaz, who has the distinction of being the first person to make a Bucket List joke about Vag’s bucket.
The events and people depicted in the series — coming from someone who has witnessed these firsthand — are at once completely absurd and entirely authentic. Plus, it’s refreshing to find a workplace comedy set at a magazine that’s actually about making a magazine. No offense to “Just Shoot Me,” of course.
We feminists have a reputation for being humorless killjoys with an inability to laugh at ourselves. Let me state for the record, however, that I laughed — and hard — when I saw thepreviews for a new Web comedy series that pokes fun at third-wave feminist hipsters like myself.