In light of the two disastrously misogynistic featured stories on Episode, It Starts With A Bra and, most notoriously, In My Bed, I find myself asking the following question: WHERE IS OUR GIRL POWER?!
I mean, I have read so many empowering stories by Episode readers that portray women not being constantly objectified, victimised and sexualised. Why can’t Episode seem to be as progressive as its users in its own featured stories?!
All I seem to see throughout this app lately with regards to featured stories are bad boys, girls who care about nothing but bad boys and men who just always get away with being terrible. Even when the stories are about girls, it seems that only the guys do anything useful. The featured stories are so… samey and, quite frankly, portray women in a negative light.
And I don’t mean that Episode can’t make stories about romance or bad boys every now and then. What I mean is that the featured section is saturated with stories that show women as only caring about men who don’t even treat them very well. It’s fine to have the occasional bad boy or victim, but not when all stories are presenting the same kind of girls! There’s nothing wrong with a woman having a sexuality and embracing it. There is something massively wrong with acting like a woman’s sexuality is the only interesting thing about her and therefore the only thing worthy of an Episode Featured Story.
That’s without even mentioning the boys! I mean, Episode is still struggling massively, apparently, when it comes to breaking away from “gendered” clothing. The guys are toxically masculine and often their softer side is overlooked. What about guys who don’t want to dress in a super masculine way? What about stories that promote nice guys treating girls well?
The app has so many good stories which would improve its reputation if they decided to focus more on bringing amazing community writers into the forefront and working with them to create something fantastic. I’ve always held out for Episode to hear our pleas and change their minds, but things just seem to be getting worse.
Episode, if you struggle so much at presenting positive and diverse female characters, read my blog post. I’m sure you can learn a thing or two. It’s pretty sad, really, because you’re probably all older than I am and there’s a whole TEAM of you.
I love well-written, grammatically correct and empowering stories with women who can have love interests but don’t let love define them. If you know of any, please feel free to share!