Caught an episode of the show GIRLS the other day and it would be an understatement to say it was awful. Dumb, unlikeable characters with rich parents who compulsively indulge in promiscuity. If this is what post college 20 somethings are really like then we are in trouble. GIRLS is for people who found SEX AND THE CITY too intellectually challenging.
But actually I think this more of an elitist Manhattan-ite’s view of her world hardly representative of the population at large
And that elitist is Lena Dunham who besides creating writing directing GRILS etc has also become famous for her many nude scenes in the show.
These nude scenes have been celebrated as some kind of great step forward due to Dunham’s self-marketed role as someone who doesn’t fit traditional notions of body beauty.
Well, that’s just another marketing tag line in and of itself. I don’t find Dunham attractive but that’s more to do with personal type (I’m attracted to Asian and exotic looking women) than her body. Many men of different ages I’m sure would be very happy to spend time with someone like her. The large ugly tattoo on her shoulder and arm is a turn-off though.
Where Dunham is wrong is on the idea of posing nude as somehow empowering. Too much nudity and sex is like too little sex and nudity. Instead of frustrated and angry one left is empty. The Brave New World vs 1984 scenario of totalitarian population control. For feminists to think this is somehow a great leap forward is to appear as total idiots.
And in fact Dunham has more in common with the Taliban and burqua wearers than she realizes just as those who keep secrets have a similar mindset often as those who want to leak them. Both seek control – the exhibitionist by repeated nude showings of the body, the religious fanatic through covering up such things. Both ruin sex and all that goes with it for everyone else.
Lena Dunham is really insufferable….I loved Gawker’s awesome takedown of her book (which has got to be self-parody) http://gawker.com/5966563/here-is-lena-dunhams-37-million-book-proposal