I have tremendous admiration for Lena Dunham. I enjoy Girls very much (it hits this nice balance where I relate to it and find it well observed, but it also makes me feel smug and wise for not being 24 anymore). I appreciate Dunham's willingness to cop to her mistakes, and most of all I admire that she's maintained an affable sense of humor in the face of all the shit that's been thrown at her. In a great article in the LA Times yesterday, Dunham broke down three episodes from the last season of Girls: Hannah's affair with Patrick Wilson; Adam's sploogy sex scene with Natalia; and the season finale. Her response to the backlash against the Hannah/Patrick Wilson hookup is perfect:
I get so tired of having to cry out "misogyny," but that's what's going on in this situation. People questioning the idea that a woman could sleep with a man who defied her lot in the looks bracket hews so closely to these really outdated ideas about what makes a woman worth spending time with. Really? Can you not imagine a world in which a girl who's sexually down for anything and oddly gregarious pulls a guy out of his shell for two days? They're not getting married. They're spending two days [having sex], which is something that people do.