Both suffered for their choices: Peggy hid a pregnancy to save her career and recently bemoaned the fact that she is alone at 30; Joan was asked to sleep with a client in order to save the agency—though she leveraged it into a partnership for herself.
in its exploration of the growth of feminism in the 1950s and 60s.
And in just about every episode, the HBO show finds a way to flash women’s breasts onscreen.
But the “good wife,” Alicia Florrick, is no doormat: Alicia takes control of first her work life—returning to law after years as a stay-at-home mom—and then her sex life, as she debates whether to stay with her husband (who is in prison early on in the series) or rekindle an old romance.
In one scene, Alicia’s husband Peter watches Alicia in court and is so turned on by her prowess that he eagerly gives her oral sex when they encounter each other at home.
, the young detective tirelessly worked to track down the person who drugged and raped her.
The third season followed a similar plot where Veronica hunted a serial rapist on her college campus.
The show—which has the most diverse cast on television in terms of race, sexuality and body type—approaches women’s sex realistically and unforgivingly, the way other shows might approach male sexuality.
Memorable scenes include a character using a dog to masturbate, a woman who has just had a baby lactating during sex and a competition between two inmates to see who can bed the most women.
It’s a moment of immense power for Alicia, and a sexual act rarely seen on network television.
had its progressive moments (usually involving orgies).
The other characters on the show range from bisexual to lesbian to straight.
It’s also the first mainstream show to feature a transgender female character played by a transgender woman.
may be the most progressive show on TV when it comes to women and sex.