A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Challenges stereotypes about Muslim women while highlighting pressures they're under to live according to norms of their faith and culture. Themes include courage, compassion, perseverance, teamwork, family, friendship.
Positive Role Models
The female characters, overall, act with a sense of agency. The band members define themselves as feminists. How they live and act as Muslims differs, but their faith and culture are important to them. They represent a variety of racial, ethnic, class, and cultural backgrounds. Muslim men are portrayed as having varying levels of tolerance for what the women do. Some non-Muslims act ignorantly.
Violence & Scariness
Some arguing and insult hurling. Song lyrics include references to honor killings. Images of bloody cartoon images designed to represent feminist narratives. A character vomits multiple times.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dating and marriage are themes. Strong sexual language, including occasional mentions of sex acts. Crude references like "shagging," "d--k," and "t-ts" are common. Occasionally underwear is visible.
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Frequent language includes "bitch," "piss," "arse," "s--t," "motherf----r," etc. Rude gestures.
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Products & Purchases
The Apple logo is occasionally visible. References to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette, vaping, and pot smoking are frequently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Are Lady Parts is a British comedy series about a Muslim woman who joins an all-Muslim female punk band. The series challenges stereotypes about Muslim women but also highlights the pressure they feel to live according to specific norms. Expect strong sexual language ("shagging," "d--k," "t-ts"), frequent swearing ("bitch," "piss," "arse," "s--t," "motherf----r"), and lots of vaping and cigarette and pot smoking. Characters argue and exchange insults, and song lyrics include references to honor killings. There are references to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and iPhones and Apple computers are sometimes visible. Alongside the mature content, We Are Lady Parts features strong, independent women and offers important messages about being true to yourself.
Is It Any Good?
Bold and irreverent, this thoughtful, well-written series challenges conventional stereotypes about Muslim women. It does so by featuring strong, diverse, tight-knit female characters who embrace their music as much as their faith. The band members -- who represent a variety of racial, ethnic, class, and cultural backgrounds -- collectively view themselves as feminists who are using music to make their voices heard. They also categorically reject the notion that their choice to perform their often confrontational songs is nothing more than an act of rebellion against their community. Meanwhile, Amina, who places more pressure on herself than her parents do when it comes to being a good Muslim woman, finds herself having to come to terms with the fact that playing with the band makes her happy, even if it goes against the conventions she's always tried to live by.
Amina's personal journey isn't an easy one, but thanks to series creator/writer Nida Manzoor's storytelling style, it's presented as a combination of comedic moments, music performances, and parodies of Western TV and movie scenes. And all of the Muslim women portrayed here, regardless of their thoughts about the band, have a strong sense of agency. It's through them that the series offers honest, poignant commentary about what it's like to be a Muslim woman in a world that's constantly judging them for being one, or both, of these things. Overall, We Are Lady Parts successfully delivers a smart, entertaining story that avoids clichéd representations of British Muslim women while taking note of the cultural and social norms that are still an important part of who they are and how they live their lives.
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