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Lena Dunham: ‘If You’re Not Into Me, That’s Your Problem’

Posted on | January 15, 2014 | 51 Comments

Was a reporter guilty of misogyny in questioning the rationale of the frequent Lena Dunham nude scenes in the HBO series Girls?

Certainly, producers of Dunham’s show answered in the affirmative. “It’s sexist and offensive, it’s misogynistic,” said Judd Apatow, while another producer spoke of her “rage spiral” toward reporter Tim Molloy: “[T]his idea that you would talk to a woman like that . . . The idea, it just makes me sort of sick.”

All the focus has been on Molloy’s Sexist Offensive Question:

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.”

Amid all the rage over Molloy’s question, no one seems to be asking, “Was Dunham’s answer to Molloy gay-baiting?” Seriously:

“[The nude scenes are] a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive. . . But I totally get it. If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals.”

WHOA!

A man who isn’t “into” Lena Dunham has a “problem”? He needs “to work that out with professionals”? As in, reparative therapy?

Look, I don’t know if Tim Molloy is gay or not, but to say that a man who isn’t attracted to Lena Dunham needs professional help?

What the whole controversy is actually about, of course, is the feminist notion that all women are equally attractive, or at least, that it’s sexist oppression for men to prefer some women over others. Wrapped up in this egalitarian idiocy is our contemporary fetish of self-esteem, and the idea that men’s differential preferences are to blame for the psychic trauma experienced by ugly girls.

Alas, beauty is an objective reality. Beauty is not culturally imposed. In no culture do men prefer Lena Dunham to Kate Upton.

The rage expressed by Dunham’s producers is the customary indignation of the Left — “How dare you?” — when someone calls attention to facts that contradict their belief system.

Rush Limbaugh’s Undeniable Truth of Life #24: “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.” They’ve never forgiven him for that.

 


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  • Patrick Carroll

    I’d never heard of her either.