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January 11, 2014

Lena Dunham and Body Shaming

Filed under: Entertainment, Issues...the world...etc.. — Tags: , , — allthatiswrong @ 1:48 pm

I’ve seen a lot of accusations that a reporter that asked Lena Dunham why she was nude so much in her show Girls was body shaming, that the question was rude and misogynistic and all manner of negative things. The thing is, the reporter asked a completely reasonable question. He noted that on the show Game of Thrones the nudity is to titillate, while the nudity on Girls serves no purpose.

This is a completely reasonable question. It isn’t misogynistic or rude and it makes no implication or commentary on Lena Dunham’s body. The point is that Game of Thrones is essentially soft porn, while Girls is not. Lena answered the question by saying that it is a realistic expression of what it is like to be alive. That’s all that was needed to answer the question, as it clarifies that in her opinion, the nudity does indeed serve a purpose.

There was no need to be so defensive or to label false accusations of misogyny or body shaming. Doing so only lessens the claims of actual misogyny and body-shaming. Of course, if I am not understanding the issue and have missed something, I would love for somebody to clarify.


  1. Because why does Game of Thrones’ nudity titillate and Girls’ nudity not?

    Game of Thrones wasn’t written to promote skinny women having sex every book chapter and television episode. It was created that way in Hollywood and definitely draws audiences to the show because of it.

    But what Dunham is doing in Girls is having sex and talking about sex and being naked (like many people do and say and be in real life), and she always gets shit for it because she is heavier than Hollywood and Hollywood audiences are used to. If skinny, beautiful, Hollywood Allison Williams (Marnie in Girls) was naked every episode, no one would ask what purpose nudity serves in the show.

    Comment by Kelsey — January 11, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    • Hi, thanks for replying. As I see it, the nudity in both shows is presented in two different ways. Game of thrones really does use nudity to titillate. That is the purpose behind showing the nudity. Which is not to say the nudity on Girls does not titillate, but it is not the primary purpose behind doing so. As Lena said, she does it to make the show more realistic. If Marnie was naked in every episode in the same way Lena is, then I think the question the reporter asked would be just as valid.

      Comment by allthatiswrong — January 11, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

      • I believe she does it to make the show more realistic.

        I guess, what she is getting at is, why the hell is she always asked if both shows show nudity and both are intended to titillate and be more adult? Game of Thrones writers are never asked questions like that. During their interviews, time is never wasted on that. Allison Williams has said she doesn’t plan on getting nude in any episodes, and that’s her prerogative. But why does Dunham always have to defend her nudity when so many shows – comedies, dramas, thrillers – show nudity and never spend more than one minute, if any, discussing it. She has been fat-shamed forever, and that is no secret. Do you honestly think this time is different?

        Comment by Kelsey — January 11, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

        • MINE EYES! Some people should never take there clothes off, poor viewers just trying to eat their kabab/supper in peace. Not saying she is a bad looking bloke, but I thought it was a man with boobs for a second. Not everyone is sexy naked, I’m sure I’m not, but I would not start throwing my clothes off just to make a soap ‘More real’. It’s not real and never will be real as it is a TV show, next we will have to sit through someone having a dump ‘to make it more real’, brown stained paper, 7.1 splashback with DTS full evacuation sounds, nasty! Sometimes real is best left in the real, and TV should just be TV. That said I don’t watch this mindless trash and had to find a clip on YT, to be honest I wish I hadn’t now.

          Comment by Horus — January 12, 2014 @ 7:55 am

          • Well put, we try to find reality on TV when it exists all around us.

            Comment by Anonymous — July 23, 2015 @ 2:27 pm

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