Lena Dunham and the Re-Objectification of Women

Are women more than the sum of their sexual parts? Watching Lena Dunham’s “First Time” ad, you wouldn’t think so.

The message of the ad was especially disappointing for me because, not too long ago, I praised Dunham’s critically acclaimed HBO show “Girls” in the Washington Times for its candid depiction of the hook-up culture. With its painfully awkward and unerotic sex scenes, “Girls” revealed just how degrading sex in the era of post-feminism has become, especially for women.

As I write in my latest piece for the Washington Timesthat was Dunham 1.0:

To Miss Dunham 2.0, women really are just sexual objects, after all. They make important decisions, like voting for president, by consulting what goes on between their legs rather than by what goes on between their ears. As she advises in the ad, “You want to do it with a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.”

Translation: The kind of guy you should have sex with (or vote for) is someone whose primary concern is not with who you are, what you want, or what you think, but with you not getting pregnant with his kid. To me, this guy sounds like a jerk. To Miss Dunham, this guy sounds like Barack Obama. This must be a joke right? “The video may be light, but the message is serious,” Miss Dunham tweeted last week.

Over at NRO, John O’Sullivan described the Obama campaign’s appeal to women as “The Vagina Dialogues” because it assumes women are “walking, talking, and voting vaginas with no other value or interests.” As I explain in the Times, I wouldn’t date a guy who thought that about women, and I wouldn’t vote for a president who thought that. It’s sexist, plain and simple.