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Netflix Has Released The Glow Season 2 Date Announcement Trailer And It Will Give You Serious 80s Karaoke Vibes

Bust out the spandex, tease that hair, shimmy into your leotard – and seriously, watch Season 1 if you haven’t already.

Things are looking up folks, because Glow has officially been renewed and Season 2 is set to hit screens in less than two months – June 29 to be exact.

 

Netflix just released the date announcement trailer, and the Flashdance tribute clip was as bright, energetic, and entertaining as we’d hoped.

Season 2 is shaping up to be all-time, with our favourite regulars back for the count including Alison Brie, Marc Maron, and Betty Giplin.

The latest season will follow the girls as they become local celebrities and deal with everything that comes along with fame – the good and the bad.

If you haven’t watched the first season already, I highly recommend you hop to it and get comfortable, because Glow is the epitome of bingeable television.

A perfect sprinkle of comedy mixed with a fast-paced and punchy script, colourful characters and strong female leads make this show one of the best Netflix originals we’ve seen so far.

Amazingly, this show isn’t solely a work of fiction.

It’s a series based off the real GLOW gang – the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling who took to the airwaves in 1986, giving men in the same profession a serious run for their money.

Think of it as A League Of Their Own but set in the eighties and featuring way more violence…

A word to the wise… If you have the chance, try to catch the documentary on the original series while you’re at it.

The Netflix production follows the lives of the real GLOW cast members, taking the time to highlight the women and explore the cultural and personal circumstances that lead them to starring in this groundbreaking show.

For many of the cast, they were actresses, models, stunt women and dancers who were all eager to break into show business.

This documentary also delves into where the women are now, and how they’re faring physically and psychologically after giving the show their all, only to be abruptly cancelled in 1992.

While it can be quite hard to watch at times, what shines through is the friendships they formed, and continue to enjoy to this day.

What warms my heart about the entire GLOW universe, is that friendship and acceptance are clearly at the heart of what this concept has always been about.

At least for the women who were the stars of the production.

Even now, Netflix’s GLOW series provides roles to actresses that don’t necessarily fit into the classic blonde, skinny, and big boob stereotype of what a Hollywood starlet should be.

Their off-set friendships and connections have blossomed just like their characters in the show, and I will ALWAYS be on board with a series that fosters positive environments for women whether they’re in front of the camera, or working behind the scenes.

New Netflix Documentary, Mercury 13, Reveals Women Had The Right Stuff, But Apparently Not The Right Gender

Remember that time Nasa considered letting 13 female pilots join their space training program but then decided against it for no actual reason beyond the fact that they were women? Yeah that.

One small step for man, one giant step for mankind… or so they’d have you think.

What if the first person on the moon hadn’t been Neil Armstrong, and had in fact been a woman? Would the universe have imploded? Or would we have raced toward the concept of feminism and equality at an appropriately faster pace?

Would millions of young girls throughout the seventies and eighties have been able to legitimately dream about becoming astronauts, and not just astronaut wives? The short answer, of course, is yes.

The opportunities robbed of these younger generations is just the tip of the iceberg when you consider the experiences denied to the female pilots at the driving seat of what eventually turned into a revolution.

Back in 1962, the space race wasn’t just a case of the USA vs. Russia – in the heart of America and at the core of the issue was a gender battle between men and women that was quickly playing out in favour of one particular side…

A new Netflix documentary, Mercury 13, is set to shine a light on a hidden story, which saw a number of highly qualified female pilots lose out on the opportunity to travel into space like their male counterparts.

Get ready for goose bumps, and anger bumps… is that a thing? It should be.

The documentary runs through everything from the personal stories of the women, to their legal battles before Congress, which saw these highly trained individuals argue the case that they were prevented from further space training based on grounds of sexual discrimination.

Before I commend these women for not sitting down and being quiet about the injustice they experienced, just think about what it feels like to know you’re more than capable of doing something truly amazing, something you feel you were born to do, only to have the opportunity stolen from you because of your gender.

Where does that lead you? What are the next steps? Do you accept defeat and return to what society thinks your life should be in a time where the world was only starting to consider women’s rights?

I can’t help but think about the scenes peppered throughout The Right Stuff, where the female characters in the film were relegated to their roles as housewives, roles that existed solely as support systems to the male characters.

The women clutched nervously at their hankies and handbags as they waved goodbye to their husbands, before resuming life as the primary caregiver to their children while the head of the family was away.

Luckily for us, these women decided get up, stand up, and make some noise.

Dreaming of the stars.

Wouldn’t you have done the same thing if you’d literally passed the exact same psychological and physiological Nasa procedures as the male astronauts, but still been denied the opportunity?

Some of these women were even better pilots than their male equivalents, but  their testing was conducted using private funds and in secret, without Nasa’s approval.

Ultimately, when Nasa found out what was going on, they refused to extend the project, and the dreams of these women were shattered.

The outcome of that decision has been felt ever since.

While it took another 20 years for a woman to finally get to space, it’s evident the effect this gender disparity presented to the greater world lasted for decades.

During the early-nineties, two close acquaintances of mine (both male) went to Space Camp in Orlando Florida, not far from Cape Canaveral.

Yes, how adorable.

Each has commented numerous times on the fact that the ratio of boys to girls in attendance sat at roughly 70/30 – numbers I’m sure took a long time to shift.

While theirs is a genralised statement , it’s still a lived experience based on the memory of two young boys, who at the time, were witnessing first hand the fallout of girls believing they weren’t meant for space becasue they were brainwashed into thinking it was a male-only environment.

There are so many films and television shows based around the space programs, and we only ever see men represented in the leading roles.

The men of The Right Stuff.

There’s a reason for this.

But just like Hidden Figures did two years ago, Mercury 13, aims to give us some insight into just how tough it was for women to try and infiltrate the boys club.

It’s important that we highlight just how significant the inequality surrounding women and their roles were during these times, and that we now do what we can to uncover the stories of the girls who wanted to change the world but were denied the opportunity to even try.

Bust Out The Tissues And The Waterproof Mascara, All-New Queer Eye Is Coming Back For Season 2

Check yourself before you wreck yourself (emotionally).

Henny! We never thought a seven second video could illicit so much excitement, but here we are.

Netflix just made our year with the announcement that one of our favourite reboots of all time, Queer Eye, will be back for an all-new season.

While fans of the show were freaking out after hearing the news…

So were the fab five.

Yes, it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly exciting that the series is being renewed, but it’s not surprising.

Season 1 episodes were available to stream all in one hit, making it extremely easy for viewers to chow down on this binge-able series while learning a few important lessons along the way.

And chow down they did.

While Netflix are known for not releasing viewership numbers, the show is sitting close to 100% on Rotten Tomato’s.

Yass we can.

Besides the fact that we want the reboot to continue, we NEED it to continue.

We need advocates of change. Men and women like the fab five that aren’t scared to forge their own path in life, while shining a light on the cultural prejudices suffered by millions each day.

Season 1 of the reboot transported us to the conservative state of Georgia, where traditional values still lead the way.

Here the boys met and spoke with individuals about a range of topics including homophobia, heteronormative misconceptions, and racial profiling.

Yep, it’s not just about shaving beards and redecorating living spaces on this show.

Hopefully Season 2 will take viewers to a new region, where the boys can once again play their part in educating people from all ethnicities and genders, while shifting mindsets, and changing lives.

Also, just quietly, I can’t wait to meet Season 2’s Tom Jackson equivalent.

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