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Shayna Goodman

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Dunham Girls

Jewish "Girls" Privilege and Marginality

Way back in 2012 when Lena Dunham’s Girls first aired, I admired Dunham’s sincere portrayal of broke young women with artistic ambitions. I could barely watch the show without cringing at its painful accuracies. Since then—since the show’s quick rise in popularity, the magazine photo shoots and Adam Driver’s Gap advertisement, Dunham’s perspective seem more stylized than real. Film and television portrayals of the lives of struggling twenty-somethings feel increasingly less unique and my experiences as a woman of the Girls generation—going to Brooklyn bars in a crop top etc.—feel aspirational and contrived.

Topics: Television

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Shayna Goodman." (Viewed on September 19, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/shayna-goodman>.

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