Earlier this month, there was an article at Bitch Magazine praising Bob’s Burgers‘ Tina Belcher for redefining the way teen female sexuality is depicted in the media. Tina is a hormonal teen girl and her desires are never only shown in the context of a specific relationship or pining after a particular boy. I’m sure a lot of us can relate to that, right?
Tina isn’t the only one who has expanded the way we look at teen girls and sex. Whether they were all about getting it in or weren’t about it at all, here are seven girls that really show that female sexuality isn’t so static.
Rae From My Mad Fat DiaryIt's rare to see overweight characters depicted as actual people instead of objects of ridicule. That's why it's amazing to watch Rae navigate her sexual awakening as an overweight teen girl. Because, yes, overweight girls want some action too, and not as a big ol' joke. Source: My Mad Fat Diary/E4
Mini From SkinsMini was a virgin who didn't want people to know she was a virgin. In fact, she got a kick out of characterizing herself as a girl who got around a lot but was super discerning about her partners. It's a stance that stands out in a world where girls are derided as "sluts" for doing practically anything sexual. This, of course, put her in an awkward spot when her boyfriend was ready to go all the way and she wasn't. Source: Skins/E4
Macie Lightfoot From As Told By GingerIt's probably Macie's lack of concern about boys and relationships that made her character stand out, honestly. I'm not claiming that she was asexual, but her desire to cling onto her childhood included the asexual nature of childhood in general. She was definitely relatable for those girls who couldn't really get with their friends' constant conversations about boys, crushing and kisses. Source: As Told By Ginger/Nickelodeon
Alisha From MisfitsSo, here's where things get a little complicated since we're dabbling in the world of the supernatural. Alisha gains a power that makes anyone she touches incredibly sexually aroused. But even before she gained that power, she's had a tendency to be very open about her sexual prowess...and she was happy about it. While so many other TV shows depict the promiscuous girl as a sad girl on the inside, Alisha really wasn't. She just liked sex. A lot. And she wasn't ashamed of it. Source: Misfits/E4
Emily From SkinsWait...a lesbian teenage girl who knows that she's a lesbian and is confident about the fact that she is absolutely 100 percent a lesbian? Oddly enough, that's pretty rare. Most lesbian or bisexual characters in television go through a huge epiphany about their sexuality. Sure, that's the reality for plenty of people before they come out of the closet, but it's refreshing to encounter one who doesn't go through this big, exploration of her sexuality and just knows how she identifies from the jump. Source: Skins/E4
Ashley From South Of NowhereAshley was clear about two things: She was into dudes and she was into girls. Sure, some messy relationships ensued thanks to this fact but she was one of the first openly bisexual teen girls on television. Source: South Of Nowhere/Teen Nick
Tina Belcher From Bob's BurgersOf course, this list is incomplete without Tina. She's a randy teenage girl and isn't ashamed of it, even when she isn't actually getting action. This characterization is often used for male characters so it's awesome to see a female character share the same level of thirst. Source: Bob's Burgers/Fox
What other characters broke the mold for stereotypical female sexuality? Tell us in the comments!