Shortly thereafter, the world exploded with freakishly strong opinions on why we need to defend Lena at all costs.
I know it sounds harsh, but the reality is: sorry, no we don't. Disliking Lena Dunham and disliking people who criticize her for stupid, misogynistic reasons are not mutually exclusive mindsets. We are large; we contain multitudes. Make room in your heart for multifaceted anger.
Personally, I'm not a fan of Lena Dunham, mostly because her complete lack of self-awareness and weird, mid-20s narcissism doesn't appeal to me, despite (due to?) my also being a white girl in my 20s who can never tell if I'm completely fucking awful or better than everyone else.
Of course, I get that this particular line of reasoning might not resonate with every single one of you, so in the name of helping everyone dislike everybody, but for -- and this is the important part -- valid reasons, here's why it's OK to hate Lena Dunham and the people who hate her.
First, the easy part ...
Why It's OK to Hate Them
There are a lot of bullshit reasons people give for hating Lena Dunham that have nothing to do with this story. She gets a whole slew of hate for daring to be naked on TV while being bigger than a Size 2. She gets hate for talking about gross and awkward things women do, because we live in a society where it's a running joke that women don't shit.
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She gets hate for portraying the women on her show as real people, people who are sometimes awful, gross, naked, crying, happy, fucking, etc., because people are sometimes those things and women are people. She's gotten hate for daring to talk about her own sexual assault on national television. All of that hate is based in sexism, and if you contribute to that, you're being a shitty person. See? Easy.
The TruthRevolt article that started this whole avalanche of backlash is mostly an extension of that. It's so mired in the hatred of women that it reads more like a really terrible attempt at satire than anything. The bodies and sexual exploration of young girls make the writer so uncomfortable that he decides the excerpts are definitive proof that something is really wrong with Lena Dunham.
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Maybe so, but it isn't that.