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the audacity of lena dunham, and her admirable commitment to making us look at her naked

January 10, 2013

I read an interesting article today called “The Audacity of Lena Dunham, And Her Admirable Commitment To Making Us Look At Her Naked” that really got me thinking. To be honest, our society’s obsession with the subjective aesthetics of the ‘perfect’ female form is really beyond me. You’d think by now that we’d have evolved to a point culturally where we’d allow ourselves to find and appreciate the beauty in everyone seeing as how standards of beauty change with time and culture (and here, I think beauty is often conflated with attractiveness; and in terms of the media, they’re practically synonymous). Instead, we seem to be more obsessed about imposing an arbitrary picture of perfection onto women than ever before, which I find bordering on misogynistic and indicative of a society that’s practiced patriarchy for centuries—with women being treated more as objects of aesthetic pleasure than people.

This insane obsession, which itself appears to dominate every medium, causes many women to become extremely self-conscious and even self-loathing, often at an unconscious level, with all the compulsions, neuroses, and low self-esteem that go along with it. And if that wasn’t bad enough, this is further exacerbated by the constant flood of condemnation and criticism women who don’t fit this ridiculous standard receive whenever they attempt to present themselves to the world as is, without shame or apology. Which is completely fucked up because women are beautiful inside and out; and this twisted obsession with how the outside *should* look not only disregards the beautiful diversity of the human form, but completely ignores the intelligence and beauty that can be found on the inside as well. It’s hateful, it’s sick, and it has to stop. And props to women like Dunham who gives no fucks.

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