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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that She Said, starring comics Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, is an educational chat show for young women and girls on a wide range of topics that include women's health, feminism, and sexuality. The hosts are a couple and have a good rapport; their relaxed vibe and innate chemistry allow straight talk that makes potentially uncomfortable topics (periods, coming out) accessible and even fun.
What's the story?
SHE SAID is a self-described "space where women talk about stuff" that can be found on the Smart Girls at the Party website and on YouTube. The show's host, Cameron Esposito, and her wife Rhea Butcher are your breezy, accessible guides to the often-complicated world of women's issues. Aimed at tweens and teens, the show covers topics (menstruation, relationships, sexuality) that give longer-format shows pause in a humorous way -- and in under five minutes. Lifting the format of a late-night talk show, She Said sees Cameron briefly introduce a topic before turning to Rhea as her guest and co-host for greater discussion. Cameron also takes a brief moment at the end to sum up her thoughts.
Is it any good?
This series warmly and openly covers the basics of women's health, laying solid groundwork for further exploration of the issues. Cameron and Rhea are decidedly no-nonsense in their approach. Though they use humor and simple language to pontificate on their chosen subjects, they never talk down to their audience. It makes a show that's largely educational in nature one that's also very entertaining to watch. The jokes and YouTube-style editing keep it feeling young (and even a bit silly) in a way that takes the edge off hefty topics. With its short run time, She Said seems tailor-made to initiate larger discussions between kids and adults, be they teacher and student or parent and child.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why there's a need for a show like She Said that covers women's issues and is aimed at young women. Why does mainstream media often overlook this subject matter and demographic?
Families can talk about how She Said uses humor to effectively communicate its information. When else can humor help to educate and inform? Can you think of examples?
Families can talk about why it might be helpful for two women to discuss women's issues with each other, rather than having a male host or co-host. How do the hosts demonstrate communication and perseverance?
- Premiere date: November 16, 2015
- Cast: Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher
- Network: Smart Girls
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, High School, Middle School, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Courage, Curiosity, Empathy, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
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