I know it happens in the real world, but I don’t love to see two of the show’s female protagonists on the verge of a friend-break-up over a man—it’s my least favorite storytelling trope. As for Bela’s arc, honestly, if living through the era of the Girlboss™ taught me anything, it’s that often enough, women who attain power end up wielding it to reproduce harmful, patriarchal systems of hierarchy and cruelty. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less sad to see Bela transform from a survivor determined to create a feminist space for women writers, to… this. (I will, however, push back on her claim that her ex is “an amazing guy”—like, is he really? He’s a white, male comic who routinely bullied and declined to support her, and Bela’s cheating on him—while deeply shitty—doesn’t change that. But I digress!)


At the end of the day, I’m not saying any of the events of Season 2’s finale are especially unrealistic—all young people, including young women, can be deeply messy and hurtful toward each other. That’s life! But that’s not what fans are so upset about (and they are upset!). For a long time, this show offered a comforting alternative to years of television undermining women’s friendships and portraying us as being in constant competition with each other. With the Season 2 finale, the show’s sweet, feminist little bubble has been popped, and I really hope Sex Lives of College Girls Season 3 manages to course correct.