This week was a good week to be a woman. Firstly, Emma Watson delivered a rousing speech on feminism at the United Nations conference to launch the HeForShe campaign, and now, everyone’s favourite Girls girl Lena Dunham has launched a feminism-inspired youtube channel and book. As you do.
Dunham, best known as the writer/star of HBO’s hugely successful twenty-somethings drama Girls, is channelling her character Hannah in a series of ‘ASK LENA’ video blogs on youtube, where you can do just that – ask Lena questions. The frank and funny actor/author tackles all sorts of prompts, from bad sex to jealousy to bullying, never shying away from her reputation of “telling it like it is”.
The video posts are an accompaniment to Ms. Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl. The book is a kind of memoir disguised as an advice book/how-to-book constructed as a series of personal essays from Dunham’s musings. She writes in the books introduction: “If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile.”
The book was partly inspired by Helen Gurley Brown’s 1982 book, Having It All which Dunham found in a thrift shop when she was 20. Now 28 years old, Ms. Dunham found the sage advice from her early adulthood poignant and sadly still very, very relevant.
As the creator of the critically acclaimed Girls, Dunham has become a poster-girl for young women of her era. You can always count on her to honestly, charmingly and sometimes brutally voice the real opinions and issues many young women face in daily life.
It might be a shame that speeches, books and youtube channels needs to be established to teach men – and other women – how to properly treat a woman, but at least the discussion is gaining momentum and reaching as many people as it can.
It’s good to see the discussion of feminism and gender equality is still going strong, and even if it takes two high profile actors to get the message across, that’s still a positive.
Visit the YouTube channel to check out Lena’s videos.
Not That Kind Of Girl is on sale September 30.
For more details, visit Lena Dunham’s website here!
Watch Emma Watson’s stirring speech here:
Watch the first of Lena Dunham’s video posts here: