Chatter about that majorly discussed Girls episode that featured Lena Dunham's 24-year-old Hannah getting it on with Patrick Wilson's 42-year-old attractive doctor character Joshua has mostly died down—we too had a lot of thoughts about it—but Dunham's still got some opinions about the flack it received: For a recent interview, the LA Times had Dunham discuss three of the season's most controversial episodes in detail, and of course Wilson's episode, titled "One Man's Trash," was the first on the list.
From the interview:
It's such a funny response, the idea that a handsome, 42-year-old man would never sleep with an awkward, 24-year-old girl. It felt so oddly mathematical, like it was a bunch of scientists who had done a calculation rather than people who had a real grasp on the realities of being alone in the city. There's so many forms of human capital, and they're not all looks. [...]
That was the only argument I heard: "It feels weird to me." And I'm like, "Dude, I get it. It felt weird to kiss an actor that looked like Patrick Wilson." I get so tired of having to cry out "misogyny," but that's what's going on in this situation. People questioning the idea that a woman could sleep with a man who defied her lot in the looks bracket hews so closely to these really outdated ideas about what makes a woman worth spending time with. Really? Can you not imagine a world in which a girl who's sexually down for anything and oddly gregarious pulls a guy out of his shell for two days? They're not getting married. They're spending two days [having sex], which is something that people do.
Preach. Like we said after the episode aired, who's to say that Dunham couldn't sleep with a guy who looks like Patrick Wilson? Dunham may be getting tired of crying out misogyny, but we certainly aren't: Arguments stating Dunham isn't attractive enough for Wilson are misogynistic to the core. No one bats an eye when they see shitty sitcoms like King of Queens or Everybody Loves Raymond that feature the unattractive-dude-with-a-hot-wife trope at front and center, because that's what we're conditioned to accept is normal—it all plays into the patriarchy. That, everyone, is sexist.
Dunham also addresses the episode that featured Adam Driver's uncomfortable sex scene with guest star Shiri Appleby, and the series finale.
[via LA Times]