The reality show Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance, Tuesdays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET), intriguingly ridiculous, plays a variation on two themes that are regularly intertwined on the Bravo network—the consumption habits of a certain kind of conspicuous woman and the cultural sensibility of a certain kind of gay man.
A naive viewer may develop the impression that gay men are prized as companions for resembling dogs gifted with the power to talk about cute shoes.
Nathan says, "I don't think Crystal takes me seriously when I say that I want to have a child, and that hurts my feelings." In fact, on the evidence, no one takes him seriously, including the show itself, which presents him as a combination of younger brother, support-group partner, and kicky accessory.
Episodes feature these soundbite speed-round segments in which the girls and the boys take two-second swings at social issues and cultural politics—gay marriage, for instance, and the use of the term "fag hag."
"Why can't we be 'fag princesses'?" is the sum of one comment.
This show really is reflecting reality in the sense that 'fag hags' - women who treat gay men as accessories, children, and symbols of their own supposed open-mindedness - really do exist.
It doesn't mean that such narcissism should be celebrated.