How Lena Dunham Gets Nude On TV and Why We Love Her For It

Lena Dunham Naked On TV – Now adore Her!
Lena Dunham Naked – If you don’t understand her, Lena Dunham is the star and writer of an HBO television series called Girls. The show is only in its 2nd season, but went from zero to acclaim in about thirty seconds.
The premise of the show was compared to Sex and the City, only this time the girls are 20-somethings and coping with a much more tumultuous period of their lives as they attempt to transition into the “real world.” Yes, it looks like only another series about young, white, privileged girls, but you should still give it focus. Why?
Because Lena Dunham has an average-looking body and isn’t afraid to expose it, affirming to girls everywhere that it is okay to be average and additionally NOT be ashamed of your body!
And I do not mean average in a negative way. Average as in regular. Typical. Anticipated. Outside of the tiny percent of girls who are tall, wafer thin, cellulite-free, enormous-breasted and have no curves (otherwise called the scantily clad women who dominate the media, marketing, movie, TV, etc).
Lena Dunham has not been hiding her body as other “flawed” girls do on TV. As her character Hannah, she is been becoming naked. The sex scenes provide of chance for nudity, but in the latest episode we also see her wearing a see-through mesh top in public. (And Hannah is only one one getting naked.
In a season one episode, “The Crackcident,” there’s some shocking nudity when Shoshanna, another of the ladies, ends up on a sidewalk in Brooklyn with no pants. Her nudity is never discussed then, or later in the show. I guess the writers are saying, “hey nakedness is part of life.” Since we all have naked bodies, it is.)
Lena Dunham Naked
But Lena Dunham’s nude scenes and naked body has generated some strong and affecting reactions from critics. A female critic writes about her in a NY Post review, “It’s not every day in the TV world of anorexic actresses with fake boobs a woman with giant thighs, a sloppy backside and little breasts is compelled to show it all.” Um, and somebody hates her for it? Dunham is a hazard to the normal arrangement of things, only by being her actual self.

She was also criticized for wearing this getup at an event in L.A.
“I ‘m anti-slacks.” -Lena Dunham (pictured right, with no pants)
Dunham’s answer was: If Olivia Wilde had gone to a party in little shorts, she might have been on a ‘weird dressed list’ or been told her ensemble was adorable. I don’t believe a girl with tiny thighs would have received such no-trousers attention. I think what it really was ‘Why did you all get 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 reveal my thighs every single day till I die.”
By simply exhibiting her thighs, she’s challenging the same response to nudity that naturists deal with: “Ewww! I do not wanna see that!” Naturism also opens people’s eyes to body diversity, ie reality. A post about Girls’ casual nudity even quoted Nicky Hoffman of The Naturist Society about how nudism empowers women.
It always looked to me like a paradox that it is not difficult to walk the streets among average Americans and realize that most people are not hiding the superb skinny idealized physique under their garments. And yet to be confronted with this fact will be to cause shock, controversy, and disgust. Maybe underestimate the brainwashing done by the media and advertising sector.
But what’s amazing is the manner Lena reacts to these assaults on her body. She doesn’t give a crap! She’s not dieting, not covering up and not apologizing for the way she seems.
Her body has created not only criticism, but also some really excellent discussion around important questions – Why does nudity make people feel disgust? What’s wrong with showing another body type on TV? Why is it a big deal? Why does it have to mean anything?
Here are two quotes from articles that try to address these questions. In the first, Helen Charman suggests that people’s negative reaction to nudity comes from the “closeness” of seeing all the imperfections, but we must begin seeing bodies as something other than objects of beauty or sexual desire.
“in this case the issue is more that the ‘perfect’ body is one stripped of the peculiar closeness that, by rights, comes naturally with nudity. We are unfamiliar with seeing a ‘real’ body represented on screen, and the intimacy it creates is startling, and challenging, and the challenge makes us uneasy, and distress leads us all too often to the kneejerk reaction of criticism and of disgust.
The naked body is humanity at its most vulnerable and its most true, and it should be celebrated not only for its potential to be amazing but also its potential to be humorous, and awkward, and miserable, and old, because this in turn is all that we’re, and can be.”
“Naked as We Came: What Lena Dunham’s Nudity Says About Us” by Helen Charman, Huffington Post
And a 2nd quotation from “The Audacity of Lena Dunham, and Her Admirable Commitment to Making Us Look At Her Nude” by Lesley on xoJane
“The aghast controversy evoked by Dunham’s nudity shows us just how much of this “real women” talk is lip service, and how very far we need to go before we can socially deal with the fact that distinct bodies exist. Truth is, we’d all probably be a lot less neurotic about our own bodies if we could get used to seeing and accepting the natural variety in other people’s – without shame, and giving no fucks.”
We need more of Lena Dunham naked on TV! I hope she will keep getting naked and keep challenging the status quo. (We also clearly need more folks to attempt nudism, but all of US know it is easier to set a greater assortment of naked girls on TV than to get the viewers themselves to strive societal nudity.)
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