In season 1 episode 7 of The Bold Type, 'Three Girls in a Tub', we saw both Jane and Sutton break up with the guys they were seeing. But the thing is, while everyone loved both of their ships, their breakups weren't really that sad -- they were a good thing. Let's go back over what happened to see how this show brought a new meaning to the term, "modern millennial woman."
The episode opens with Jane and Pinstripe attempting shower sex in Jane’s tiny bathtub. Once Pinstripe finds his “angle,” Jane is enjoying it so much that she actually shouts out, “Oh my God, I love you.” Luckily, Pinstripe isn’t bothered by the outburst, but this prompts a whole lot of “what is this relationship?” thoughts in Jane's head.
Later at work, Jane is asked to write a story on a new dating app since she tells Jacqueline that her relationship is non-exclusive. After Jane goes on her date, she tells Pinstripe about it because she just wants to be honest with him.
Jane acts confident, but we can tell she’s not totally comfortable with her relationship with Pinstripe. She tells Sutton that she wants to be a modern millennial woman who has absolutely no problem juggling guys, but it's just that she's a one flavor froyo type of girl -- she doesn't even like swirls. She decides to give the whole non-exclusive thing another go after looking at Pinstripe’s sex articles about other women.
But this isn't Jane. When we see her longingly look at Jacqueline and her husband celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, we know it. Sure enough, she finally admits that she just wants what Jacqueline and her husband have. It's love Jane's after -- juggling guys is not something that she can do. This leads her to break up with Pinstripe as she knows that exclusivity is something she won't get from him. She doesn't want to change him, but she doesn't want to change either.
After Sutton tells Richard that Alex knows about their relationship, Richard starts to get a bit nervous about the amount of people who now know. But Sutton goes on to say that Richard wouldn't feel so nervous if he knew her friends better, so he agrees to have them over to his apartment for dinner.
But the dinner doesn't go well. Sutton is late and turns up high after not realizing her networking high tea was get high tea, and Jane is late and turns up drunk after her great date because she had cocktails and she's a tiny person. Kat is the only one who arrives on time, but gets in a disagreement with Richard about handling an innappropriate tweet from her employee. Once all three of them arrive at Richard's, they proceed to spend the evening in his bathtub. They even eat dinner in it, which just serves to remind Richard of how young they are.
Sadly, it gets worse. The next day, Kat shouts at Richard (in his office!) for going above her head and telling Jacqueline about the tweet the previous night. She takes it too far and later, she knows it. She tells Sutton about her mistake who then desperately tries to get in touch with Richard to apologize.
When they finally manage to meet up (far away from the office so no one will see them together) they seem to work things out. But then Richard says that in order for them to be together, they need to go back to keeping things separate. This makes Sutton realize that they won't ever be able to have a proper relationship while they work together, so she bites the bullet and she breaks up with him.
But both breakups feel so positive.
Sure, we all love Pinstripe (he gave Jane her first orgasm) and we all love Richard (he gave Sutton breadsticks), but there's something that's stopping us from being sad about these breakups. Jane was true to herself and refused to compromise who she was just to be in a relationship, and Sutton refused to settle for a relationship that would always be complicated. In doing this, they've shown us that the true "modern millennial woman" is someone who isn't afraid to put herself first and who refuses to settle for something that doesn't make them happy.
What does being a modern millennial woman mean to you? Tell us in the comments.
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