Topic: Privilege

5 Things Lena Dunham’s Publicist Needs To Tell Her To Stop Saying In Interviews

5 Things Lena Dunham's Publicist Needs To Tell Her To Stop Saying In Interviews

The Lena Dunham media love and defensiveness fest continues today with a long, adoring cover story in Entertainment Weekly. Reading it, I can’t help thinking what interviews with her always make me think: for someone who is so smart about some things, Lena Dunham is really dumb about others. Namely: her own privilege, and not sounding like a huge asshole when discussing topics relating to it. You’d think her publicist would have pulled her aside and had a little talk with her by now, but clearly they haven’t, so I am going to do it for her. More »

Lessons from the Other Side of 21: The Meaning of Privilege

Lessons from the Other Side of 21: The Meaning of Privilege

In this new column, a recent college grad getting her footing in the world gives advice to her teenage self.

Dear JJ:

You suck. No really, you suck. You stupid, solipsistic, self-confident, self-contained sucky person. You’re the reason I sit here in front of my computer week after week being completely and utterly unable to think of things on which to advise you. (And it’s only the third week.) Stop being so damned well-adjusted! We could have had problems, baby, you and me. We could have been a troubled teenager. We could have had addiction problems. We could have had bad boyfriends (or boyfriends at all). We could have been a success story, one of those inspirational anecdotes in Chicken Soup for the Post-Graduate Soul: look how she’s overcome her late teenage existential crises to become a self-assured adult! More »