Lena Dunham Finally Says Something That Every 20-Something Girl Can Understand

Lena Dunham Dog March 2013Never did I ever think Lena Dunham and I would see eye-to-eye on anything. Even with my glasses on. Sure we’re both girls living in New York City, but besides that we don’t really have anything in common. For example, she lives in Brooklyn and I live in Manhattan. She looks good in short hair and I look like a young boy auditioning for the part of a street urchin in an amateur theater production of Oliver Twist in short hair. And finally she’s dating someone in the band Fun. and I am only interested in dating someone who appreciates the value of not haphazardly putting periods in inappropriate places.

But yesterday she said something in an essay for The New Yorker that I could actually relate to — despite the fact the piece casually included the phrase “country house.” She wrote about dogs and wanting dogs as a child and getting a dog as an adult and how you can never figure out what that smell is at PetSmart, but it makes you miss your childhood hamster and simultaneously wonder why your mom ever let you keep something so disgusting in the house. Slash, the last thought is mine. But it’s dog-related so I threw it in there.

After waxing poetic about dogs for approximately 900 words, she threw in this gem.

Just discussing your dog can be as tiresome and offensive as talking about the weather, your own dreams, or the newest wrinkle in your married sex life. At least when people talk about their children, there is a chance that the kid will grow up to be President.

And I can’t help but wholeheartedly agree. We live in a world where everyone’s constantly oversharing everything on social media. And while my friends (and frenemies and straight-up enemies) haven’t quite reached the kid point on Facebook, they’re all definitely at the dog point. I can’t even tell you how many photos I’m subjected to on a daily basis of people  of dogs being dogs. It’s one thing if your dog’s a classically trained dancer or a Jay Leno impersonator or an extra on a dog food commercial  But it’s a whole other completely uninteresting thing when your dog’s just a dog. If this how much people share when they have dogs, I fear for the days when my middle school classmates who I haven’t spoken to in 15 years start popping out kids.

Look, I love dogs. I grew up with several. But I’m well aware that my dog’s not any more interesting than your dog. So that’s why I don’t bombard you with photos and videos and faxes and anecdotes about my dog.

For once I feel compelled to say that Lena Dunham’s right. Listening to people talk about their dogs is tiresome and offensive and frankly, I’m tried of having to pretend I care that your dog slept in a funny position yesterday. So let’s all agree to stop sharing photos of our dogs. Unless they do something cool, like learn how to work a pooper-scooper or file my taxes for me.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mina-Jade/1188648310 Mina Jade

      This article is idiotic, the writer is NOT an animal lover, no matter what she says. Dogs and animals ARE interesting, if you feel bored, skip them on Facebook. I am NOT interested whether you are bored or not. Lena Dunham should shut up about being insensitive about animals. She should care about getting good roles instead of cheap girlie series for airheads. Good actresses at her age were at, ahem, uni, ahem, Streep, Close, Weaver, Sarandon, Mirren…

      • Jenni

        How can you say I’m not an animal lover when I’m currently sitting here wearing my dog fur coat to keep me warm?

      • yourface

        Lame comeback…

      • Jenni

        Thank you!

      • http://twitter.com/Tobi_Is_Fab Nerdy Lucy

        Oh, silly. It’s not lame just because you didn’t understand it.

    • Arielle

      I agree with the social media puppy exhibitionism being mad annoying, but Lena Dunham is sort of a hypocrite. Her instagram feed is basically half puppy pics

    • Jamie Roberson

      The great thing about social media is that it’s a way to express free speech. I post pics of my dogs because I can, and because I have friends and family members that appreciate the cuteness. If you don’t like what I post, unfriend me or unfollow me. It’s that simple.

      • Jenni

        Well then I shall friend you and defriend you right away.

    • disgruntedperson

      people just need to stop sharing everything on social media and live their fucking lives JUST LIVE YOUR LIVES WITHOUT TAKING PICTURES .