Lena Dunham has an interview with q&a and as usual she’s a joy to read. One of those people for whom an era has been waiting, and we know this because she’s very much truth to power and puts voice and clarity to all of the many thoughts that have been swimming around our heads for too, too long. Needless to say, we appreciate her deeply! Here are some highlights:
I never chalk up anything to the gender divide and say, “Well, that’s just a male thing.” I hate the conventional wisdom that men are supposedly complete pieces of shit and it’s our job as women to put up with them. Men are just as sensitive and easily victimized as women are, but there’s not as much of an infrastructure for expressing it. That drives me nuts. We’re all humans and doing human stuff.
On Girls I like being a mouthpiece for the issues I think young females face today. It’s always shocking when people question whether it’s a feminist show. How could a show about women exploring women not be? Feminism isn’t a dirty word. It’s not like we’re a deranged group who think women should take over the planet, raise our young on our own and eliminate men from the picture. Feminism is about women having all the rights that men have.
While being racist and promoting inequality are crimes that should be punished, the sin of writing two Jewish girl characters and two Waspy characters feels less egregious to me. I’ve tried to be elegant about it and receive the criticism, and I understand what’s hard about it. At the same time I’m like, Really?
Above image lifted from Girls Instagram account–apparently Dunham is in Austin at the moment. See the entire Playboy interview here.