Be a happy girlfriend if you can (2015) is a work by Tomorrow Girls Troop in protest of the feature article “Be a Professional Girlfriend If You Can,” which appeared in the April issue ViVi, the monthly woman’s fashion magazine by Kodansha, published in March 2015.
The parody has 4 parts: #1 The dishes to cook for your boyfriend…, #2 Walking with him on a date…, #3 If the boyfriend said he wants to go to movie theater by himself…, #4 If he cheated on you…, along with a statement delivered to the editorial department of ViVi.
ViVi’s article shows a comparison between so-called “normal girlfriends” and “professional girlfriends” both of which the magazine invents. In it, the man is consistently portrayed as a violent figure who complains about his girlfriend’s cooking, cheats on her, and acts selfishly. And, both “normal girlfriends” and “professional girlfriends” are portrayed as a person deserving of men’s complaints, frustrated but accepting of them.
Tomorrow Girls Troop has tried to find a way to show a relationship where men and women can respect each other, in order that both can be happy, and we have expressed this as “Happy girlfriends.”