First of all, how fantastic did Lena Dunham look earlier this month in LA (above)? So fantastic.

Anyway. On October 2nd, Lena Dunham showed up at an event wearing short shorts under her modest green tunic. Predictably, many fashion bloggers picked up the story and blasted Dunham for “forgetting her pants.” Then we immediately turned out attentions to vastly more disturbing things.

Fast forward to the New Yorker Festival this week, where Dunham sat on a panel and was asked about receiving criticism for her “no pants” outfit. She responded thusly:

I don’t think a girl with tiny thighs would have received such no-pants attention. I think what it really was . . . ‘Why did you all make us look at your thighs?’ My response is, get used to it because I am going to live to be 100, and I am going to show my thighs every day till I die.

We’re not sure we completely agree… in a slow newsscycle, we’re grateful for anyone without pants, and we’ve blogged plenty about ladies of various sizes forgoing bottoms (here’s reed-thin Whitney Port from back when we were a very different site, or here’s Blake Lively who is even obviously wearing a skirt). So, Dunham’s not entirely right because anyone without pants is fair game on the red carpet beat.

…However, Dunham is absolutely right to identify a certain double standard and say that women who don’t look like Blake Lively, for example, are often criticized for showing off their bodies. Hence Dunham getting so much attention for always taking her clothes off on Girls.

So, insofar as she’s a social gadfly who’s constantly naked, we say long live Lena Dunham.

(Photo via Wenn)