Mobile sex with pooping girls
“PEN15” is set in the year 2000, around the time Erskine and Konkle entered middle school, and its girls access the heady adult world through dial-up AOL and Ask Jeeves.
Kayla of “Eighth Grade,” meanwhile, rarely releases her grip on her i Phone, and her puberty is mediated through You Tube, Tumblr and Instagram.
The “Big Mouth” indifference to technology is its own form of commentary: Social media, it seems to say, just can’t compete with the wild physical and emotional forces of adolescence.
But they are genetically and socially blessed with whatever the middle school idea of “hot” is, and that is a gift that eludes our girls.
In the second episode of “PEN15,” Maya finds herself in a closet make-out scenario with a boy, and when she unclamps her dripping retainer from her mouth, the boy flashes a look of such genuine disgust that you can’t help but feel empathy for both parties.
Often tween boys and girls are isolated into separate spheres, portrayed as alien to each other and to adults.
But these properties reveal much of adolescent culture that can be shared.