Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LENA DUNHAM + YOUR TWENTIES




ON SEE-THROUGH RAINDRESSES, YOUR BODY AS A PRECIOUS CARGO, & WRITING AS ACTIVISM

I have recently jumped back on the bandwagon of watching GIRLS and, I must say, Lena Dunham is quite the queen in my book. She is soon releasing a new book and in its honour, she has released a series of hilarious yet utterly poignant short videos. Watch them after the jump . . .

I don't believe in generalisations, and the lived experience of one's twenties is no exception. There is no should be's or must's—life flows as it does according to your own manner of pouring it out. That is not how society-at-large sees it, however, as thin-framed women in body-con dresses running down streets with breath perfumed with alcohol has become the norm. It's the should-be and a must. Anyone who does not fit such a construction then falls into an abyss of shouts & murmurs of body image issues, of unsteady relationships, of envy, and of insecurity. We dig ourselves into a hole of lesser-than status, allowing such stereotypes and norms to stomp on us above-ground.

These sentiments are in all seriousness, but Lena Dunham approaches them with the sense of humour that I believe most things should be approached with. Without a light mouth, we can end up crushing ourselves more with the depressing gravity of words we choose. Lena balances the acts quite gracefully . . .



ON FEMINISM



ON BODY IMAGE



ON FRIENDSHIP



ON SEX



ON INSECURITY



ON OCD & MENTAL ILLNESS


ON BULLIES



ON HUMOUR & DATING



ON DEATH


ON JEALOUSY



ON BEING TOO LOUD



photography by Michael Harris // courtesy of Interview Magazine
quote courtesy of Interview Magazine

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