Vocal feminists have previously called out Cosmopolitan magazine for being an anti-feminist publication, but Meghann Fahy, star of Freeform's latest drama series, "The Bold Type", tells TooFab that they're ready to debunk that theory.
"It’s based off of Cosmopolitan, which I think has a reputation sometimes of not being a feminist magazine and I think that couldn’t be less true," Fahy said ahead of its Tuesday night premiere. "We show that on the show, we talk about women’s health, we talk about orgasms, we want to start these conversations and show women -- especially young girls -- who have immense pressure sexually that these are conversations that we should be having, and we shouldn’t be shaming people into thinking it’s strange to talk about."
The series takes on some of the backlash Cosmo has received in the past for their articles that appear to be anti-feminist, which Editor-In-Chief (and executive producer of "The Bold Type") Joanna Coles says couldn't be more wrong.
Fahy tells TooFab that the series is more than just a story about well dressed magazine employees, it also explores those criticisms, while also shedding light on the current political and social climate.
A story based on three women who work at a major magazine. Seems like this story has been told before. What makes "The Bold Type" different?
It’s the way that we portray female relationships in a work environment, and also romantic relationships. It’s really an environment where people are being supported and held accountable, and I think that’s really important for everyone to see, especially right now.
What did you learn about Journalism and Reporters in this era of "Fake News" where the media is being slammed for what they do?
My storyline is less in that vein, but we definitely talk about those issues on the show which I think is really cool. That sets us apart, too, it’s not just a show about fashion, it’s also about politics and sexuality, women’s health and all kinds of things like that.
Does the show take from current events?
Absolutely. I think that everybody was sort of on the same page with what we were trying to do with the show, so it’s very important for us to incorporate all of those hot button issues into the episodes. I think that’s going to be something that people really respond to. It deals a lot with the current political and social climate.
What's a common misconception about a women’s magazine? On the show, you guys note that it's more than just "fashion and makeup"
I think we talk about that on the show, of course it’s based off of Cosmopolitan, which I think has a reputation sometimes of not being a feminist magazine and I think that couldn’t be less true. We show that on the show, we talk about women’s health, we talk about orgasms, we want to start these conversations and show women (especially young girls) who have immense pressure sexually that these are conversations that we should be having, and we shouldn’t be shaming people into thinking it’s strange to talk about. It’s more, ‘if you’re having an issue, let’s figure out what it is, and how we can best facilitate healthy lives because everybody deserves that.
Reviews of "The Bold Type" have noted the two most common themes in the series as being “Woke” and being a “Feminist” – How do you think these two things conflict each other? Is it difficult for someone to be really opinionated, while also having to maintain a certain voice for a publication?
I do think that it’s true to a certain extent, and every work environment is different. In the entertainment industry, especially, is a total different environment then working in a corporate setting. What’s interesting about what I do is work in an entertainment industry, but we are portraying a corporate life.
It’s that thing of sort of saying, why are there so many topics that we think we have to be hush-hush, like saying the word "vagina" or something like that, this show is breaking those boundaries. It’s saying let’s say the word “vagina,” let’s talk about orgasms, let’s talk about getting your breasts checked for cancer, we’re giving more information too. It’s not just a dramatic story about three girls living in New York, it’s so much more than that.
"The Bold Type" premieres Tuesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. on Freeform.