Lena Dunham Is Kind Of Body Shaming And It’s Not Cool

I think Lena Dunham is a great writer. While I don’t think she’s this supposed “voice of our generation,” I definitely think she’s a voice. I loved Girls last season, but this season has left me feeling really uncomfortable and confused. I don’t think it’s a good portrayal at all of how girls act today.

Lena is no stranger to controversy. She deals with it every time she takes her clothes off, which is a lot. And despite being called “blobby” and shamed for her body, she continues to do it.

Good! I’m glad she’s proud of her body enough to put it on display for the world to see. And if anyone should understand body-shaming, it’s Lena. But apparently she doesn’t.

In her recent interview with Playboy, Lena was asked “If you woke up tomorrow in the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, what would you do for the rest of the day?”

And her response was,

“I’d be really disoriented and wonder what had happened in the night. Which enemy had dragged me to the doctor? I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier. The people who talk to you are the people who are interested in you. It must be a big burden in some ways to look that way and be in public. That said, I probably would want to see if I could get free food at restaurants. Then I’d call a doctor and see if she could return me to my former situation.”

I’m really annoyed by this statement. Not only does she use the word “enemy” to define someone who turned her into a VS model, but she goes on to talk about how it’s a burden to look like that. And then she’d see if she could get free food. I love free food just as much as anyone else, but that’s kind of rude.

I don’t think Lena realized the kind of shade this throws on so-called “babe” girls, but it’s there. I’m tall and thin, and I don’t walk around trying to get free stuff or wonder if people are talking to me because my boobs are big. I don’t deal with “weird challenges.” I deal with challenges that every other human being faces on a daily basis. And what is Lena saying? That bigger girls don’t have challenges? That it’s easier?

All I know is that regardless of your body type, there’s no reason to shame others on theirs. It’s just not cool. And regardless of your body type, everyone has challenges and issues that they have to deal with. Even Victoria’s Secret models.

What do you think about Lena’s comments? Do you think she’s body-shaming? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Nicole

    So, you are saying you look like a Victoria’s Secret model?

  • E.

    Honestly, check out http://www.mybodygallery.com/.

    The media likes to portray two types of women. Curvy and thin. When in reality, that’s just not the case. If you click on the site it shows you how there are so many different types of bodies and we need to stop this fight of ‘curvy’ against ‘thin’, because nobody fits into one or the other. Every body is unique and every person has their own hang-ups about their bodies, it’s normal.

    I get where Lena’s coming from. I don’t think she was body shaming, I think she’d just feel very uncomfortable with that much attention suddenly overnight. The media likes to put a lot of attention on people and especially those who are classed in today’s society as having the ‘perfect body’. To go from someone who’s normal (i,e. she has her own unique body) to the media’s definition of ‘perfect’ would be very daunting, and yes, you wouldn’t know if people were talking to you just because they want to share the media spotlight, or because of your looks, or because they actually want to get to know you.

    I have had friends on both ends of the spectrum. One of my friends used to get told constantly that she should eat a cheeseburger and she was made to feel bad about her body, just because she was naturally very thin. One of my other friends used to struggle with her weight all the time and was bullied for carrying a little excess weight, and she used to cry to us about how much she hated herself.

    What we should be aiming for is healthy. What we should be embracing is healthy.
    Everyone’s different and not everyone’s going to have the ‘perfect body’ that the media likes to portray everyone should have (Which usually consists of being 6′, long thin, toned legs, flat stomach, big boobs, curvy hips and a really great butt!). Not everyone is going to have that, and we need to stop victimising people as well as insulting people who don’t look like that or do. We need to start judging people’s personalities before we go judging their looks.

    One of the best quotes I ever read once was this;
    “Half the world’s starving, while the other half are TRYING to starve themselves.”

    There are bigger issues in this world that should be dealt with. There are bigger issues that people of the up and coming generation(s) should be educated about. If we keep going down the road we’re going, we are going to teach future generations that their looks and their body are more important than being kind and respectful and charitable. We are going to teach them that their appearance is more important than a child who died today because they were born in a lower-class country. We are going to teach them that the way they look is more important than the injustices that are going on in the world as we speak.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but teaching kids that?? That’s pretty messed up.

  • Rose

    UGH! This is why I hate just about all “Real Women” campaigns because im real! I’m also REAL skinny, I can feel my bones I still buy kids clothes and most of the stuff my friends get to wear are too BIG it’s hard for me to gain weight. Even MY MOTHER says I need to gain weight. Sometime I wish I was “Real” sized because I feel like people would take my problems more seriously. I don’t have curves AT ALL Im not an hour glass figure and im constantly reading about how “skinny people have it east “Being thin is nasty” “Skinny is ugly” “Guys want REAL women” “Guys like curves” Then I feel ugly and unwanted…

    But all people will probably read is “I am skinny” and just dismiss how I actually feel…

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      • Steph

        THANK YOU. Thanks for speaking on behalf of the skinny women. People always focus on the bigger women and think every skinny girl is unhealthy. We exist too! I hate it when people bash on perfectly healthy models/celebrities. Stop being jealous that’s she’s pretty, okay. I know bigger girls will probably read this and give me a million reasons as to why they have it harder. But seriously, just because we’re skinny doesn’t mean we’re better off. We get ignored and hated on just as much as you do!
        Real girls aren’t fat. Real girls are every size.

  • chemicalanat0my

    I absolutely hate when people say that “real girls” have big-bodies, because as some people are over-weight because of health problems, some people are too skinny, and can’t control it–like me. Being accepting of people’s bodies doesn’t mean shaming people who have the opposite of what’s ridiculed in today’s society.
    Well, that’s my opinion anyways..

  • Elena

    I’m really sick of thin people claiming that the prejudices that they face are worse than those suffered by people whom society deems “overweight”. Think finding a size 0 is hard? Try finding a size 20. Maybe you get called anorexic, but larger people get bombarded with the message that they’re lesser every day. Body shaming sucks for everyone (because nobody on earth possesses a “perfect” body) but stop pretending that you’ve had it worse your whole life.

  • apoeticone

    I agree with Lucy. She’s simply stating she wouldn’t want to be a VS model-and she does acknowledge the problems women of all sizes go through…Do people ever look them in the eye, or are theirs too busy straying away from their face?
    If anything, I think Lena’s statement is awesome-people see bigger women as victims of being oppressed for their size, but she totally embraces her body and that is amazing.

  • Neida

    Okay, I might just be playing Devil’s advocate here because I love Girls, but I don’t think she meant it in a bad way. Like when she said “weird challenges” she probably just meant challenges like being in a body that she’s never been in before. I mean, wouldn’t you think that having to navigate a different body would be super weird and challenges. You do also have to note that the question she was asked was not too serious, and when asked a not too serious question you give a not too serious answer. As for this season of Girls, I actually kind of love it (though I do wish they hadn’t brought on Donald Glover as the “token black person”), granted, it’s not quite as funny as the last season was.

  • Lucy Carson

    I don’t think she’s body shaming at all! The guy asked her what she’d do if she looked like a Victoria’s Secret model…..people are nicer to pretty skinny girls. She also said big girls have problems too. I completely agree with her-and I hate her!