Posts Tagged: Lena Dunham Results 31
There’s an iconic line in the film “Mean Girls” where Amanda Seyfried’s character puts her hand to her breast and says “It’s like I have ESPN or something. My breasts can always tell when it’s going to rain.”
Lena Dunham, the woman widely (if unfairly) blamed for dooming Hillary Clinton’s candidacy with her enthusiastic support, has just gotten behind… Jeremy Corbyn, of the British Labour Party. From her Instagram: “With Jeremy Corbyn you have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment.”
In a Buzzfeed excerpt of the new anthology Scratch, about the financial side of writing, Emily Gould describes the pressure on women writers (in the NYC publishing world) to be likable. As someone on the periphery of the world Gould describes, I found the essay both fascinating and a bit terrifying. It had never occurred to me that an author would be expected to bake cookies for her readers, although I’m not surprised – I’ve heard the same rumor floating around about how (women) college instructors are meant to bring cupcakes to class on the day student evaluation forms are distributed.
A headline is making the viral rounds: “Lena Dunham: ‘I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.’” What Dunham was expressing, in her Women of the Hour podcast, was a wish for abortion to be destigmatized. But she expressed this wish in very on-brand (that is, oblivious and outrage-inspiring) terms, thereby insuring virality. Who — regardless of stance on abortion — wouldn’t be offended by a remark like that? (There’s also a persuasive progressive critique.) And so here we are, neck-deep in a conversation about how problematic Lena Dunham is, rather than one we ought to be having, about threats to reproductive rights.