I just read this stupid article, which claims that Lena Dunham's nakedness is about her taking an old feminist tradition and dragging it into the mainstream. It goes on to discuss the history of female nudity and how Lena Dunham is doing this big important thing by doing it on her show.
No, seriously. Shut up. Cause that's not what it is.
Lena Dunham's nudity is a comedy crutch, and nothing more. A comedy crutch is a go to thing that you depend on to get laughs, or in this case, to get a reaction.
Every show I've ever worked on had a comedy crutch. It's only natural. You find something that the audience responds to one week, and then you realize that you have to keep making more shows! It's a horrible feeling. So when you're in deep shit the next week and having nothing great, you go to it again. Why? Because it works!
On "Mind of Mencia" we had a midget. The midget scored with the audience. So when there was no way to end a bit, we'd write the midget in. We didn't necessarily want to do it, and we did our best not to. But desperate times called for desperate measures. The saying in the writer's room was: "The midget ain't in it 'till the last minute".
When I worked on "The Soup" it was Paris Hilton. If you needed to tag something, Paris Hilton was your best bet. After I left, they had clips of Whitney Houston from "Being Bobby Brown". They would run that Whitney shit to death. Every week, if they could throw to Whitney saying "Kiss my ass!", they'd do it. Whitney Houston was their Lena Dunham's body.
On Tosh, it was gay stuff.
And Lena Dunham's crutch are her titties. They are hilarious. She's not some feminist historian. She's not exploring gender norms or whatever the fuck. She's what every funny person is - desperate for a laugh. But because she's such a "genius" and woman pioneer, high society liberals need there to be a deeper meaning to it.
By the way, what is "an unconventionally beautiful body" (that's how Lena Dunham's body is described in the article)? Oh, I think I know what it is - it's an out of shape, not good looking body.
Look, I don't give a shit. I'm numb to her body at this point and I could honestly care less about it. I'm not calling her fat or gross or whatever. She's probably right in the normal range. But let's not kid ourselves, if you call her body beautiful then basically everyone's body is beautiful.
If that's how you want to be, that's fine with me. But I kind of like a world in which things are considered better than other things. It's not only a great way to understand what you're looking at it, but it's a more honest way to live.
Interesting to note: you never see Allison Williams' naked body on that show. I would assume her body is "conventionally" beautiful. And you know why you don't see it? Because her body wouldn't be funny. It wouldn't be shocking. It would just be pleasant and enjoyable. And that's not what you're going for on an edgy HBO comedy show.
You also don't see it because she's terrible and not a real actress.