Let’s dive into episode 2 shall we?
First of all, I LOVED Issa’s Harriet Tubman sweatshirt and will be posting the link on where to buy it once I track it down.
Second of all, Issa’s skin is everything and I’d also love to find out her skin regime, but that will take longer to track down.
Third, and here’s where Insecure had me in my feelings, the therapy scene with Molly was once again, too real. As Molly rants about her being paid less than her underachieving coworker, Instagram posts of my favorite celebrities in their “Phenomenal Woman” t-shirts popped into my head.
The day after the episode aired, our #WCWs including Issa Rae herself, Yara Shahidi and Serena Williams posted images of themselves in shirts with the phrase “Phenomenal Woman” in support of Black Women’s Equal Payday. Shoutout to the Insecure team for their commitment to the culture.
Back to the topic at hand. Molly tells her therapist “Whatever I have to do to get in, I’ll just figure it out and it should be fine,” referring to her work situation. Which is how I believe most black woman approach their careers. Most of us are willing to overlook sexism and racism in order to get to where we need to be. Molly’s therapist then breaks down the theory of “magical thinking” which refers to when we believe what we want has the power to control the outcome of our lives rather than accepting things as they come.
The therapist then states that black women often feel obligated to excel in every aspect of life including the workplace and romantic relationships. I literally was wondering if I knew this doctor from somewhere, because I’m telling y’all she looks exactly like this lady at my moms old church. Then I remembered its just a show. But THEN she asks Molly would she be open to her life looking differently if her plans didn’t work out. As I sat on my couch pondering such a deep question and applying it to my life I proceeded to holler “NOPE!”
Iyanla clearly struck more than just my nerve because Molly hesitantly told the doctor “I’ll call you” when asked about their next appointment. And we all know what that means.
I would also like to say kudos to the writers of the show for presenting the issues between the Black and Brown communities in Los Angeles. As a native Angeleno, I can agree that the divide between the African American and Latino communities is extremely overlooked. Most of us are focused on avoiding traffic and finding decent rent instead of the fact that Black and Brown people in this city tend to have an unspoken resentment towards one another. But that’s another post for another day.
Fast forward to the end of the episode, and we find Molly addressing Lawrence who’s done with Issa, Lawrence has somehow turned a rebound hookup into a relationship after telling Tasha that he slept with Issa *insert serious eye roll*, and we close out with Issa hitting up some dude on a dating app merely stating: “tryna f*ck.”