In Girls’s second season, Hannah had a brief but intense dalliance with a much older, very handsome doctor (Patrick Wilson) with a Zeitgeist-appropriate Brooklyn brownstone. Dunham was surprised to find how controversial their pairing became. “Critics said, ‘That guy wouldn’t date that girl!’ ” she explains. “It’s like, ‘Have you been out on the street lately?’ Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can’t understand. Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle, like, ‘He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She’s got great breasts and he’s got great calves! And so they’re going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!’ It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.”
"Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy’s First Vogue Cover”
I wanted to draw attention to this wonderful highlight from Lena Dunham’s interview with Vogue. While Jezebel is busy offering $10,000 for “pre-Photoshop” images from this photo shoot, sending the Internet in a tizzy and causing me to smack my Macbook into my forehead repeatedly, I think we’re missing out on something pretty great. And that’s a young woman who’s very much in the limelight right now making a call to help others — namely, other young women — “feel bolstered and normalized” about sex.
Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle. Neither is Lena Dunham. Neither are we. I’m all for body positivity, but this isn’t the way, Jezebel. I think Lena is doing just fine when it comes to that, thanks. Let’s move on.