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Lena Dunham Schools Playboy on Girls Sex, Feminism

Lena Dunham poses with her 'I Posed' Playboy shirt. (She really didn't)

Lena Dunham poses with her ‘I Posed’ Playboy shirt. (She really didn’t)

Lena Dunham, America’s thoroughly modern woman, who created and stars in the HBO’s “Girls,” finds herself in a most unexpected place, Playboy magazine. The bastion of male chauvinism, oddly, had something thing in common–sex.

Dunham’s show has been widely praised and criticized by its portrayal of casual sex among 20-somethings and frequent nudity on the show.

The 26-year-old actress says her “goal is to have a sexual verisimilitude that has heretofore not been seen on television.”

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She was referring to a now-notorious sex scene in episode two between her character, Hannah, and Adam. His sexual routine seems inspired by a porn scene and she gamely tries to play along, according to the magazine.

“I did it because I felt that the depictions of sex I had seen on television weren’t totally fair to young women trying to wrap their brains around this stuff. I didn’t do it to be provocative. I did it to be educational,” she explains.

“Personally, I’ve been lucky enough not to date the Porn Guy,” she says. “They try to force you into unnatural cinematic sexual positions… A quick check of their browser history will reveal all you need to know.”

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The way Dunham seems to see it, relationships between men and women, both in real life and on television, are all about power and control. The meaning of feminism, she explains, is about women “having all the rights that men have.”

“Feminism isn’t a dirty word. It’s not like we’re a deranged group who think women should take over the planet, raise our young on our own and eliminate men from the picture,” she says.

Yet, she wouldn’t say that she is uniquely a feminist. ” I’m a pretty unorthodox girl, but I guess people might be surprised to learn that despite what some of the characters on the show are doing, I remain an eternal romantic with a desire to hear all the things girls like to hear said to them,” she reveals.

Dunham also believes that women have suffered at the hands of Hollywood writers, who have portrayed women as “sassy best friends or slutty girlfriends since the beginning of time.”

“It’s amazing to me that Hollywood persists in writing these two-dimensional female characters who don’t really exist. No wonder it’s hard for actresses to find parts that are meaty enough to connect with,” she explains.

“It’s important to me to create fully formed characters who don’t feel just like good guys, villains, creeps or sluts.”

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