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Like me, blogger Half Sigma has been watching HBO’s Girls each week. HS and I seem to agree that the show offers the most complete and honest look at the state of the modern relationship and seems to parrot many of the ideas tossed around on Game blogs.
HS found an exchange between Hannah and Adam most interesting. Adam is less into Hannah than she is into him. In this episode Hannah had just finished having vanilla sex with a guy from her hometown in Michigan and was telling Adam about it:
I was just so amazed by his apartment, it’s huge, it’s like twice the size of yours and he paid like nothing for it, and it just made me think, like why doesn’t everyone struggling in New York move here and start the revolution? It’s like we’re all slaves to this place that doesn’t even really want us.
This continues the anti-Sex and the City theme in Girls and it may tie into the exchange between Adam and Hannah in the first episode when Adam turned Hannah on by telling her that she shouldn’t be anyone’s slave except his.
In Hannah’s comment we see that the City and the Guy both benefit from being aloof in their own way. A city can’t be said to be aloof in the true meaning of the word, but its coldness and its mystery is part of its excitement. It keeps rejecting, and it seems impossible to master. It’s a challenge, and it’s interesting to see the show draw a parallel between the psychology driving these seemingly irrational choices. Thinking in economic terms or in terms of mental health, choosing the safe city or the safe beta boyfriend seems to be the ideal. But that’s not how individuals make their choices – especially, or at least most surprisingly, Girls.
This is a great leap – but perhaps NYC’s mysteriousness – its aloofness – helps explain its skewed sex ratio. Looking at the map below from the NYC Economic Development Tumblr, we see that there are many more single women in NYC than single men. Perhaps the City is their aloof alpha asshole.