'Miss Representation': Stoner Women On Film And TV

This article by Lola Sasturain was originally published on El Planteo.

Mainstream cinema and television owe us stoner women. By this I mean: ladies who smoke weed like the real flesh and blood ones do. Not tragic women ruined by drugs, or defenseless little creatures who fearfully take their first toke.

Epics stories of drug trafficking, crime and subsequent redemption such as the movie The Garden of Joy or the TV series Weeds, shall be left out of this ranking. This article praises those female characters who smoke like real women do, just like men: eagerly, because they enjoy it, and as part of their daily lives.

Undoubtedly, the indie universe has portrayed thousands of multidimensional and realistic female characters who smoke weed, much more complex and diverse than those selected here. But this is a whimsical list, based on this writer’s own history as a mass culture and weed consumer. It’s even quasi-biographical.

Here is a select group of women who used marijuana in high-circulation mainstream content that many of us girls grew up with. Movies that came to us, no research needed, and unveiled the world of  women who smoke cannabis, and are also ordinary people. Yes, as interesting, funny and empowered as they are, they are ordinary people.

Sex And The City

Although it is not a pot-show, it does deserve some recognition. The two episodes where the girls smoke weed meant a lot to many girls of my generation (childhood in the '90s, teen years in the '00s). Why? Because it would be the first time we’d see an absolutely fabulous adult woman smoking a joint on television.

Although it is never implied that they are usual consumers, when the joint pops up it does so naturally, without moral judgments and without being deemed "dangerous." For the time and the target of the series, this was no small feat.

The relationship these women have with marijuana is similar to that of many more-or-less progressive ladies of that generation: they like it, they have respect for it, and whenever they smoke (which is not often) they get very high and have a great time.

There are two famous weed scenes in Sex And The City:

The first scene is from the third season (2000). In it, Carrie smokes with Wade, her ‘boy on duty’ (one of the inconsequential ones). Wade is an eternal teenager who still lives with his parents, and of course, provides the weed.

It is perhaps one of the most memorably round up scenes in the entire series. The couple spends a weekend of pure marijuana and chill, but when the boy's parents come home, he holds her responsible. Between indignation and perplexity, Carrie takes a master stand: yes, the weed is mine… and since I brought it, I’m taking it with me. In the next scene, we see her smoking with her friends.

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