That Hannah Horvath is a Gawker reader and Jezebel commenter is undoubtedly quite upsetting to the many Gawker and Jezebel commenters who've disparaged Girls, its characters, and Lena Dunham herself. But it's perhaps the most clever dig Dunham has issued to her haters yet.
On last night's episode, Hannah learns that the editor of her forthcoming e-book has unexpectedly died. She turned to Gawker—instead of anyone at her publishing house, or someone who knew her editor personally—for more info on his death, which didn't sit well with her boyfriend Adam. He referred to Gawker as:
"A bunch of judgmental creeps, celibate against their will…a bunch of jealous people who make a living appealing to our basest desire to see each other kicked while we're down."
Hannah's defense of Gawker also included one of Jezebel, which Dunham has said was not at all a defense, but "DEFINITELY sarcasm."
"Jezebel is a place feminists can go to support one another, which we need in this modern world full of slut-shaming."
I think Hannah's description of Jezebel, sarcastic or not, falls in line with how a lot of people view this site—which is probably why they get so pissed off when they eventually realize that Jezebel is not a place of unconditional support of women just because they're feminists. Feminism itself isn't even like that. The movement has been rife with infighting and debate about its direction since its inception. Dissent is important because it's what helps keep a movement from becoming static.
Even Dunham herself, when sub-tweeting about Jezebel recently, erroneously conflated feminism with altruism.
The notion that dissent or critique of other women is anathema to feminism is silly. But it's something that's gained traction in recent years as people have collectively decided that all criticism is mean, and that being mean is morally inferior to being nice. To be nice, then, would involve withholding all criticism.