• Wed, Jan 15 - 3:37 pm ET

Lena Dunham Drops Some Sexual Truth Bombs In Her Vogue Interview

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Earlier today, we were delighted to show you Lena Dunham‘s upcoming Vogue cover, on which she looks nothing short of adorable… but are you prepared to read her interview with the magazine and come away from it liking her more?

When asked about the awkward, uncomfortable, and sometimes nonconsensual sex on Girls, Dunham had a pretty decent response:

Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you’ve ever met.

On the one hand, we’re kind of sick of Dunham acting like displaying her size 8 white body is revolutionary. On the other hand, it’s definitely rare that we see naked bodies on our screens that don’t look like they belong to supermodels, and maybe Hannah Horvath‘s (barely-there) love handles are at least a step in the right direction. Bad sex has existed on TV since the beginning, but it’s easier to ignore the problematic aspects of a love scene when the actors are out-of-this-world attractive. Perfect lighting and airbrushing are rarely present in real-life sex, and young people would probably benefit from seeing more realistic versions of intimacy in the media they consume.

She also addressed the criticism she received from that one episode in which Hannah hooks up with the more-attractive Patrick Wilson, and I have to give her props again:

Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle, like, ‘He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She’s got great breasts and he’s got great calves! And so they’re going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!’ It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.

If that’s her goal, I think she’s slowly reaching it. I’m an unabashed Girls fan, because it’s cathartic for me to watch other affluent white chicks complaining about the problems they’ve invented for themselves by being lazy and self-obsessed, and I get a great deal of pleasure out of hating Adam because he reminds me of my emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. The show absolutely has its faults, and I think most of the criticism it receives is totally valid, but there’s something to be said its ability to capture the unconventional, unglamorous parts of sex.

Via USA Today / Photo: Girls, HBO

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    Lena made a great point (and a really sad one!) about how we don’t want to see people who look like us onscreen because it makes us feel uncomfortable. That being said, I think that some of the sex that she tries so hard to normalize shouldn’t be. Sure, the bodies should, but I don’t want any woman to think that being treated the way that Adam treats some of his sex partners is “normal”.