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The Girlfriend Experience: "She is a blank onto which everyone projects"

q's pop culture panel weighs in on the worthy, contentious, and mind-boggling stories from the week in arts and entertainment.
The Girlfriend Experience is a new half-hour drama about high-end escorts. (Starz/Super Channel)

q's pop culture panel weighs in on the worthy, contentious, and mind-boggling stories from the week in arts and entertainment. Opinionated and irreverent, our panel takes pop culture seriously (but not too seriously).

Today's panellists are journalists Rachel Giese, Stephen Marche and Emily Keeler. Up for discussion: 

  • TV's new sex worker drama The Girlfriend Experience"It's not as sexy as people would think," says Rachel. "It's as revealing about sex work as James Bond is about espionage," says Stephen.
  • The irreverent Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtEmily says the series is "girlishly empowered" — and it works. But do some of the characters perpetuate cultural stereotypes?
  • Celebrities are taking sides in the U.S. Presidential race. "It's hard to tell where the candidates end and the celebrity endorsements begin," says Stephen. 

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