Lena Dunham on Having Sex With a Handsome Man

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We know that you've spent the last 24 hours reminiscing about the 15th anniversary of Sex and the City but please move on: that show is so late '90s to early 2000s. Continue to fill that SATC-shaped void in your life with Girls and read this interview with Lena Dunham in the Los Angeles Times where she talks about rape, porn and "the idea that a handsome, 42-year-old man would never sleep with an awkward, 24-year-old girl."

On the Patrick Wilson is too hot to sleep with Lena Dunham-gate:

"There's so many forms of human capital, and they're not all looks...I get so tired of having to cry out 'misogyny,' but that's what's going on in this situation."


On the Adam and Natalia maybe-rape scene:

"Did what Adam do constitute rape? That's hard for me to answer. I'm a rabid feminist. and no woman should ever be placed in a sexual situation that leaves her feeling degraded or compromised. That's not what sex is supposed to feel like. But I don't think Adam is a villain. If he thought he had even touched the R-word, he would be unable to live. To me, it seemed like a terrible miscommunication between two people who didn't know what they really wanted."

On how porn has shaped modern sexuality (again):

"What did it used to be like? I totally don't know. I'd have to sit down with my mother and compare and contrast her early 20s sex life, and that's not a conversation I feel like having."


On how the women are the truly important part of the show (so don't worry about Charlie being gone):

"I want to say, 'If the show "Girls" relied on guys, we'd be up a creek without a paddle.' Don't worry. I've tried to come up with an emotionally honest version of the end of that relationship."


Also her dad's personal trainer thought that there was an unrealistic amount of ejaculate during the aforementioned scene with Adam and Natalia, to which Dunham says, "Everyone's a critic." Time to rewatch that scene and form our own opinions.

Lena Dunham analyzes three episodes of 'Girls' [LAT]

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Could someone (maybe who has seen the show?) explain to me what Lena is saying about the "maybe rape scene"? It seems like she is saying that even though the experience was degrading and "not what sex is supposed to feel like", she is uncomfortable calling it rape because 1) the guy is not a villian (because only "villains" rape, so don't worry if you're with a "nice guy" it won't happen?) and 2) because there was a miscommunication and neither knew what they wanted. These points are... vacillating between "confusing" and "concerning". Having not watched the show, I might be too sensitive to this quick blurb, what do you all think?