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Learn English meaning of GLOW

Date: Oct 13 2017

Themes: Alternative, Pop Culture, Sports

Grammar: Imperative Form


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In the 1980s, wrestling was very popular on TV. This was the big time for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Superstars like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant performed in the wrestling ring. Each WWF star had a story. They didn’t just fight, they also acted for the audience. WWF men were so popular that there was also a women’s wrestling show, called GLOW.

The acronym GLOW stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Now, there is a Netflix TV show that throws back to this 1980’s trend. The new GLOW shows how hard these women worked to play the roles of beautiful, yet dangerous wrestlers. Not only did they have colorful leotards and lovely feathered hair, but also they worked hard to have strong bodies and good acting skills.

Marni has been watching GLOW and loves it. See if Dominique will join her in today’s English lesson.


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Marni:  Dominique, have you been watching GLOW?

Dominique:  No, I haven’t. It looked cute, but it was kind of cheesy… I think.

Marni:  Oh, really? I really like it. It’s… GLOW, do you know what it stands for… the acronym?

Dominique:  No.

Marni:  Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It’s actually a true story. This really happened in the ‘80s.

Dominique:  Really?!

Marni:  Yeah, this group of women got together and did this very produced, very campy wrestling show. Kind of like, you know, Hulk Hogan and the heroes of that day… the men… and so, they thought, “Hey, let’s do this with women.” And so, they did.

Dominique:  Wow!

Marni:  I don’t know… I really like it. It’s kind of fun to throw back to the ‘80s and see the leotards, and the feathered hair, and all that.

Dominique:  Does it pass the Bechdel test?

Marni:  The Bechdel test?!

Dominique:  Yeah.

Marni:  Umm… I would argue that it does. I mean, they certainly talk about men a lot. But, you know, like, the main character really… she’s an actress, and she’s struggling, and she really wants… she really wants to work. She really wants to have interesting roles. And she talks a lot about that.

Dominique:  Do you think I’d like it?

Marni:  Maybe, what we should do, before we watch GLOW, is actually go to a real wrestling match, and then you’ll get really excited to watch it.

Dominique:  Perhaps, we’ll go watch some UFC.

Marni:  Let’s do it!

Dominique:  Let’s do it!


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Marni asks if Dominique has seen GLOW. She has not. In fact, Dominique thought this TV show looked a little too campy. Marni tells her that it is campy, but it is also a lot of fun. She tells Dominique that GLOW tells a real history of women’s wrestling in the 1980s. Dominique didn’t know that it was about a real event.

Marni talks about how much fun it is to see the classic styles of the 1980s, like leotards and feathered hair. Dominique begins to think it might be fun to watch GLOW. However, she wants to know if the TV show passes the Bechdel test. Marni says that the women do talk about men, but they are more interested in their careers and personal lives. She suggests that Dominique join her for some real wrestling. Then, they can watch GLOW together.

Do you enjoy women’s wrestling? If you were a wrestler, what type of character would you be?



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Yes, I do. If I were a wrestler I would be look like John Cena . 

06:34 PM Oct 15 2017 |



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When I was younger, I watched GLOW. It was really cheesy. two women had been wrestling and you could hear their screaming. it was hilarious and campy show. some of my friends just watched their boobs and their bodies Hahahah

06:34 AM Oct 15 2017 |

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I don´t like the wrestling shows, I haven`t watched anyone because they looks me too campy. Besides I´ve always thought that GLOW (the feminine wrestling) it´s too sexist because men usually like see gorgeouse and busty women fighting in a ring.

06:45 PM Oct 13 2017 |




There is a movie, starred by Gerard Butler, he was a TV show guy out there. I remember the scene when during the GLOW fight he’s got involved. That was a hilarious moment.

The Ugly Truth is the movie name.

10:16 AM Oct 13 2017 |

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