In this piece for the Washington Times, I argue that HBO’s Girls is good for women. A response to Sex and the City, it honestly depicts the consequences of the hook-up culture–that “casual” sex degrades both men and women. Here’s an excerpt of my piece:
“Girls” will inevitably be compared to another HBO show about young women, “Sex and the City” (1998-2004). But “Girls” is less an extension of “Sex and the City” than it is a response to it — a tacit and even subversive acknowledgement that the sex lives of young post-feminist women are bleak.
Casual sex is not as fun and empowering as Carrie Bradshaw and her entourage of well-dressed friends made it out to be. These glamorous women taught a whole generation of girls that a woman can divorce sex from emotions “and just go out and have sex like a man” (in the words of Samantha Jones).
They taught women a lie.
“I felt like I was cruelly duped by much of the television I saw,” Miss Dunham told the New York Times last month.