‘Bridgerton’s’ Portrayal of Female Sexuality Coddles Viewers

‘Bridgerton’s’ Portrayal of Female Sexuality Coddles Viewers
[Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for “Bridgerton” Season 1.]

It’s not surprising why “Bridgerton” has been such a hit with Netflix viewers. The steamy period drama astutely balances a few tried and true genres: Come for the society intrigue doled out by a “Gossip Girl”-esque omniscient narrator, stay for the athletic love scenes in perfectly staged Romance novel cover configurations. If she had time for TV, Stacey Abrams would surely be a fan.

Based on the bestselling historical romance novels by American author Julia Quinn, “Bridgerton” follows the marriage prospects of the aristocratic Bridgerton family, beginning with eldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor). Set in Regency-era London, the Bridgertons enjoy lavish debutante balls, replete with new silk dresses for each outing and the occasional anachronistic firework display.

In her determination to find the most eligible suitor, Daphne strikes a deal with handsome Simon, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), a known rake who has pledged never to marry.
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