Warning: Spoilers for She’s Gotta Have It.
Netflix viewers have fallen in love with She’s Gotta Have It, Netflix’s new series, created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film. Nola Darling, played by DeWanda Wise, has brought a depiction of black female sexuality that’s been missing from much of mainstream media, to great praise.
Nola Darling’s experiences and feminism have been a center of the show’s greatness. The first episode, for instance, depicts Nola experiencing a terrifying instance of sexual harassment as a man catcalls her on a dark street. Nola first ignores him yelling names, but he then grabs her. While she’s able to fight him off and escape, the experience leaves a deep impression on Nola, who creates a street art campaign and later seeks therapy, where she opens up about the trauma from the incident. She’s Gotta Have It doesn’t downplay the impact harassment can have, nor does it make women feel weak for being hurt or seeking help.
In a featurette titled “My Name Isn’t…” from Netflix, “the show’s star, creative team, thought leaders, and NYU students came together to share their stories.” In the clip, women share the names they have been called on the street by harassers for a campaign in the style of Nola’s art installment.
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