’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2’s Most Empowering Feminist Moments

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why has been out for less than a month, and despite the backlash it’s receiving, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t done plenty right. This important show tackles some incredibly heavy themes, many of which are aimed not at teen viewers but at adults (and especially parents of teens). That said, there are numerous scenes sprinkled throughout the show that give a heavy nod to feminism—ones which I believe older teens would definitely benefit from seeing. From two character’s mutual virginity losses to the #MeToo-inspired montage in the final episode, here are some of the most empowering feminist moments of the season.

Warning: There are plenty of spoilers below. Please proceed with caution.


Justin calling Clay out on his slut-shaming.

One of the major things to come to light in this season, is the fact that Hannah was sexually active. In season one, we are left with the assumption that Hannah was a virgin until Bryce raped her. However, we later find that Hannah did have sex—with Zach. The show continuously depicts how women (of all ages) are dragged whenever they show a potential sign of having had any kind of sex life. It also shows how you’ll still be dragged, even if you never did anything with anyone. When Clay finds out about Hannah’s past, he begins to feel differently about her, as though she’d committed a crime. In one scene, he talks to Justin about how he’s feeling and Justin lays it out for him. He explains that as a male, he’s been applauded for sleeping with several girls and that he thinks it’s ridiculous to judge Hannah for having slept with one person and essentially calls Clay a “dumbass.” Truer words were never spoken.




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