I’ve been thinking about Lena Dunham a lot the last few days. Not because I’m obsessed in a creepy sort of way or anything, although I am a HUGE admirer. I’ve been thinking of Dunham because she is on the April cover of Glamour. I eagerly jumped into the accompanying interview because I cannot get enough of this woman. Now, I didn’t really need any more of a reason to love me some Dunham and all that she does. I kid you not, since the first moment I saw a preview for Girls and heard Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath say, “I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least a voice. Of a generation.” I was gone! Something about that line and the way it was delivered got to me. Something she said in the Glamour interview made me love her even more. She said what I know to be true and what I want my daughters to grow up knowing too, that…
I realize that Dunham has haters: those who think she is naked too much and too often, those who think there are not enough people of color on her show, those who think she isn’t attractive enough, those who plain hate her for being an outspoken woman, those who think that they could create a show about their own lives that would be better than Girls. To those people I say, whatever. I don’t expect her to be everything to everyone, but to me she is a voice that needs to be heard. I love her. She inspires me and even though she is significantly younger than I am, I can honestly say I consider her a role model. There is nothing in the rule book that says a role model has to be older than you is there?
I would have given my left tit to have someone like Dunham to look up to when I was growing up. Now that I’m a grown up, I’m just happy she is out there doing her thing. My daughters may never grow up thinking of Lena Dunham as a role model and that’s fine, but I know that in the here and now she is helping to make the world a better place for the girls that I am raising to be powerful women.
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