After Tweets like…
“Lena Dunham is the voice of a masturbatory, hyper-self & her pathological titty baring represents Generation Shit.”
Author of this article, Nathan Walker, says…
For years now, my wife has insisted that I’m a feminist despite my arguments that I’m not. She says that since I believe a woman has the right to work for the same pay as any man that I’m inherently a feminist. My half-hearted response was that I couldn’t possibly be. I’ve never read any feminist literature, never participated in a rally, and I certainly can’t stand behind the idea that a woman can do everything a man can (or vice versa). To be clear though, I do believe in equal rights, equal pay for equal work and that, intellectually men and women are equals. I also totally love the way women look naked. So, I couldn’t possibly be a feminist, right?
Then he talks about Girls taking a humorous look at people transitioning from childhood into adulthood, being the only TV show that allows women to be naked, and privilege/money
He asks whats unique about Girls and the lightning rod of hate? Hate for her body, the lack of diversity, her fantasy scenarios having sex with men out of their league? The only truly unique thing is it’s written and directed by a young woman.
He points to another HBO show, Game Of Thrones, who’s only characters of ethnicity are bloodthirsty, shirtless primitives and main characters are overprivileged kings and queens. The Playboy worthy Daenerys showings her tits all the time. But there is no scrutiny for creating an imaginary realm where old, fat men fuck teenage women in every episode.
If you can point me to one single thing that sets her apart from her numerous counterparts making television entertainment beyond the fact that she’s a young woman, I’m all ears.
So, Lena Dunham, you’ve managed to do a few things here: You’ve managed to make me laugh; you’ve managed to make me cringe at that Adam character too many times; but more importantly, you’ve proven my wife to be correct (as usual) and confirmed that I am indeed a feminist. The sheer volume of public outcry over your show has pulled off my blinders to the reality of how our culture deals with a successful woman. I apologize that I’ve not caught on sooner, but, thankfully, it’s never too late to change. Now, I’m going to settle in and watch a nation of internet police tweet, blog, Facebook, and, hell, maybe even pinterest the ways that I and you are completely wrong. But don’t worry, the number of people fighting for your right to have a job making television shows just increased by one.