Melissa Stetten on Lena Dunham’s Boobs

January 14, 2014 • Culture

Lena Dunham

I love GIRLS.  I love everything about Lena Dunham.  I think she is inanely attractive, but I’m also a woman who thinks personality, humor, and some penises are really attractive too.  The fifth episode of the second season of GIRLS where she’s naked most of the time and boning Patrick Wilson for a weekend was actually my favorite of that season.  It felt the most genuine to me, since I’ve had various romances with older men.  Lena’s body is youthful, natural, and cute.  Of course a forty-two year old man would want that in his bed for a weekend.  Who cares if her thighs touch or her boobs don’t resemble the playboy model’s figure we’ve all become acclimated to perceiving as the ideal anatomy for a woman.  Small boobs are great too.  I’ve left my house forgetting to put on a bra and didn’t realize until halfway through the day because my boobs barely fill a size 32B bra.  I’d look weird with fake boobs, and so would Lena.

The nudity in that episode wasn’t a surprise to me.  It’s her thing. Last week, a guy asked her about nudity at a press conference:

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show — by Dunham in particular. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you go, ‘Nobody complains about all the nudity on “Game of Thrones,”’ but I get why they do it. They do it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often nude at random times for no reason.”

Lena Dunham

The easy response is, “You wouldn’t be saying this if Lena was a swimsuit model.”  But, it’s true.  If Lena looked like Miranda Kerr, none of this would be an issue.  This is what her criticism sounds like to me: “How dare she show us parts of her body that aren’t perfectly toned!  Go workout and maybe next season I won’t get disgusted while you’re casually playing ping pong without a shirt on!”

So, they’re basically saying if a woman doesn’t cover up her imperfections, she should be banned from ever going out in public, or risk being ridiculed and shamed.  Sometimes women don’t want to eat less than 1500 calories a day just so they can wear booty shorts without being criticized.  The majority of the disparagers are men, but the women who critique Lena’s body are only hurting themselves.  Do they know that most women’s bodies resemble Lena Dunham’s?  It’s not common to have a gigantic thigh gap or a perfect tiny waist and large boobs.  The actresses that do have that are lucky, and they should absolutely flaunt their bodies if they feel comfortable enough.

If everyone on TV were naked, the world would collectively stop worrying about having perfect bodies, and young girls might stop killing themselves to fit into size zero jeans.  Women are brought up to compete against one another.  Shouldn’t we all be happy that Lena Dunham is confident to not give a fuck what anyone thinks of her body?  I wish I had her moxie.

Oh, and it is totally normal to play ping pong without a shirt on because I’ve done it.

Stetten out.

  • Joe

    you don’t think jumping from the guy’s question to “if a woman doesn’t cover up her imperfections, she should be banned from ever going out in public” is maybe a bit of a stretch?

  • The Loon

    don’t say Stetten out

  • Linda

    Hahahaha this is written like you bought a word of the day calendar and insisted on using a month’s worth of them in one article. There are so many grammatical errors it almost caused me to have a seizure. The best thing an editor could do is delete this entire article and sign you up on

  • Wheel Heung

    I’ve often thought that, for a woman, being fat is roughly the same as a guy having a small penis. An endless source of anxiety. So, kudos for her for having the guts to show off her body in such a carefree way.

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