HBO’s Girls Disenfranchises Teenage Boys (NSFW)

HBO Girls

Back in the 80’s as a teenage boy it was my life’s work to sneak up in the middle of the night to watch soft-core porn on HBO like The Red Shoe Diaries, Real Sex and good old movies like Porky’sThose days are over. Now teenagers are relegated to looking at an average women and a lot of her:

Lena Dunham Topless

Not only her but her mother too!

Lena Dunham TV Move Topless

The gays boys are out of luck too – Hannah’s Dad is definitely not a DILF:

HBO Girls Peter Scolari Naked

Girls’ has to be feminazi’s revenge on Hollywood for the years of placing average looking dudes  with super-hot chicks, think Knocked Up: where Seth Rogan impregnated Katherine Heigl or Forgetting Sarah Marshall: when Jason Segel breaks up with Kristin Bell for with an even hotter girl. Completely unrealistic movies, but nevertheless very successful chick flicks.

Now Girls has completely flipped the gender roles. The frumpy lead character in Girls, Hannah, lands a goodlookin’ half-twit fuck buddy who develops into her boyfriend. Hannah who can be best described as an unmotivated twenty-something struggling to hold down a job, who doesn’t have a fondness for fashion, makeup or dieting. Pretty much she is the antithesis of any character on Sex and The City.

Granted I’m only halfway through season one, but I’m seeing a theme here. In one episode Hannah steps out of the house without even a hint of blush in her best Wal-Mart couture and lands a one-night stand with her hot hometown pharmacist. It’s a plot we never seen happen for women. It’s a sign women are taking over Hollywood. But, Lena might want through a bone to teenage boys and write in a few naked playboy bunnies scenes. Although it’s not the early 80s anymore, so WTF am I talking about–kids are just whacking off on the internet now anyways. #ImAnOldFart #DontGetGirls

UPDATEs

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15 thoughts on “HBO’s Girls Disenfranchises Teenage Boys (NSFW)

  1. Diaz Grace Alexander

    Your entire diatribe can be boiled down to: WAAAAH, there’s a show on TV about women who aren’t hot enough for me, and yet I’m supposed to believe they can get laid and be sexual people who others might find attractive? Oh no! Think of the teenage boys who might be searching for random woman-flesh to use in stimulating their sexual release! They might have to look at something that isn’t catering to my personal taste for perfectly-proportioned Barbie dolls and/or carefully airbrushed ideal models! How awful that a plot-line showed a woman I personally find beneath the threshold for sexual interest – gasp! – leaving her home without first painting herself and wrapping up in something body-enhancing, AND THEN DARING TO INTERACT WITH A MAN AND EVEN ACCEPT HIS SEXUAL INTEREST AND TAKE HIM HOME! Clearly, this would have to be a pity fuck, because the man couldn’t possibly find her attractive enough to really want her, or find her fascinating and funny and sexy and an awesome person. Women shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this, especially not on TV where people will see it!

    Feel free to refute. I look forward to it.

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    1. emily

      I want to add something, but Diaz said everything beautifully.

      Meh…maybe I will give it a shot: God forbid there’s actually a show on tv that shows something more like ordinary than ideal. God forbid there’s media that isn’t dedicated to making women feel like crap about their bodies. What will the teenage boys jerk off to if they are forced to look at a woman that isn’t perfect???? Someone please think of the children.

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  2. markatlarge

    Let’s not be hypocritical here! The next thing you will be telling me is you went to see Magic Mike for the acting. Let’s get real we like to look at good looking people. In a joking way I was saying teenage boys might like better material.

    If I was to buy in to your argument watching the show as a man would give me a low self-esteem. In order for me to get an ordinary girl I would have to be a pretty hot dude. If she going to be nude on the show for no reason people are going to judge. None of the other cast members get as naked–it’s odd she does all the time.

    What I did focus, that’s noteworthy, is men have been doing exactly was Lena is doing and no one has ever complained. Good for Lena! Instead of focusing on that you go to it’s a body issue. If you’re for real why don’t you demand Jonah Hill and John Goodmen star in Magic Mike II.

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    1. Diaz Grace Alexander

      Honestly, what makes you think you have a valid complaint regarding what’s good enough to be on TV, in terms of female bodies? Straight or gay, your opinion of Lena Dunham’s naked form is the same old crap – she’s not as pretty or perfectly-formed as you expect unclothed women who get in front of a camera to be. Well, bully for you. And who gives a toss what you think of the guy who plays Hannah’s Dad?

      The fact is that women get this garbage constantly, all bloody day, from all sides. We are MORE than body-conscious enough, thank you VERY much. We’re also human, and you bellowing about how yucky you find bodies that aren’t the sculpted ideal is rude, cruel, and incredibly immature.

      Yes, men are also given criticism for their body shape and apparent fitness level, but not nearly as much as women are. Jonah Hill gets to have positive things attributed to him. He gets to be known for being smart and funny and all of the other things that helped him make his career what it is today. There are women who would happily and publicly have a relationship with him, and his body type would be a positive, not a negative. Men get a HUGE pass on body shape, from the majority of the world. Sure, not everyone and not every time, but often enough that it’s notable.

      Who hasn’t heard (or said) something like, “Yeah, she’s nice, but her ass is huge.” Or maybe, “[Not-good-enough-for-me women] shouldn’t do/wear/eat X.” Or even, “Butterface.” That last one comes from “Her body’s good, but her face…” if you didn’t know. Please do inform me if there are male-targeted equivalents for these comments, because I don’t know of any.

      As for “Magic Mike”, the movie is promoted and presented as a sexual display of male bodies. It’s one movie among hundreds that DON’T specifically present men as lust objects. In the majority of films, men are “people doing things”. They might be attractive young men with classically handsome faces and fit bodies. They might be older men whose faces have wrinkles, and whose bodies have become less trim and fit, or that never were particularly fit or ideal. They might be positively elderly, with commensurately less-ideal bodies. My point is that unless the plot of the film calls for some display of appealing male flesh, their bodies are not the subject of much discussion.

      Women in films are EXPECTED to be trim and fit and attractive, no matter their age, unless the film has been deliberately cast with women who do not fit the standard Hollywood mold for female forms, and the discussion of those women’s bodies is also expected. Weight, skin, facial features, body type, clothing, make-up or lack thereof, level of exposed skin, social implications of exposed skin, sexual availability of the actress (and possibly the character, but mostly the actress), what kind of sexual acts the actress might enjoy, and also what kind of person (good girl, wanton whore, bitchy mean girl, saintly wife/mother, terrible wife/mother) the actress might be – all of these are somehow acceptable things to speculate about when considering a woman on-screen or in a magazine.

      Clearly, women are bombarded with endless messages about who and what they should be, and subjected to the male perspective on their suitability as human beings on a regular basis. Is it too much to ask that men ATTEMPT to check their privilege and acknowledge that yes, women are people, and it’s frigging RUDE to treat people with this kind of blatant disrespect?

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      1. Diaz Grace Alexander

        Additionally, your opinion on someone’s “fuckability” is as unwelcome as it is ludicrous. If I were to be as crude as possible, I might say that your post leaves me with the feeling that you’re unfuckably stupid.

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      2. markatlarge

        I agree with most of what your saying. If you have read my other posts I have stuck up for women that have been attacked for weight–Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Christina Aguilera.

        In reality you’re starting to see when women are criticized for their
        body there is backlash—Google ‘Milissa McCarthy and Rex Read’—there are hundreds of post slamming Rex Read for his insensitive remarks. However, NJ Governor Chris Christie gets made fun of for his weight routinely and you don’t see the same response.

        Lena’s character Hannah gratuitously put herself out there challenging
        people to comment. Why is Hannah naked all the time? If she kept her clothes on no one would talk about the show. Hannah, who was sent to college on her parent’s dime, is lazy, unmotivated and self-absorbed. And she seems to choose guys solely based on looks. Her first boyfriend in season one was a doofus with a great body and a big dick. So Lena is really provoking this debate about looks. Personally if Lena’s character was stick thin I still wouldn’t like the show. She would still be lazy and unmotivated—not how I would want my daughter to turn out.

        When we see gratuitous nudity in films or television it has been historically really good-looking people. Girls has changed that and people seem to be responding. It’s also been pattern in television that average men hook up
        with hot women. Girls has change that too. Both of themes are address in the post. I would also say if HBO had a series modeled after Girls called Boys and Jonha Hill was naked all the time he would come under the same fire. The point is no matter what you look like you want to see very attractive people naked on TV. You can slam me, but it’s what a lot of people think, and I would suspect you do too.

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        1. Diaz Grace Alexander

          Oh, so now it’s about character development? About busting tradition? Sure, if you say so. Because talking about an unmotivated and spoiled and physically non-ideal male college student would include comments on how gross his body is when he winds up naked in front of you — or his Dad’s body! And of course, you’re terribly concerned about his (and his father’s) potential as masturbation material for young girls looking for pretty flesh… how yucky that they might see THAT body, when there are so many better ones to be seen. Who wants to look at not-perfect bodies, right? Who wouldn’t prefer that giant-penised Adonis over Bobby Schmoe from up the block?

          Here’s a handy self-check for this bizarre privilege that men have: if you find yourself thinking that a woman’s body or behaviour is somehow icky or repellent of worthy of mockery, apply the same conditions to a man – to yourself if necessary. If it feels or sounds weird to keep going, you’re standing on your privilege and really might want to think about knocking it off.

          I’m not asking you to change. I’m asking you to put some thought into what you have to say. Everything you’ve written so far refuses to acknowledge or understand the concept of privilege, or comprehend how offensive it is to be told by a privileged person that the privileged view is normal and right, and the opposing view is silly and an over-reaction.

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          1. markatlarge

            Again Lena puts her body out there naked, not just a little a lot. The soul purpose is to get a reaction. And she does. The show is only considered provocative because an average women is naked on it. If an “average” man was naked on camera all time he would get the same reaction. I’m shouldn’t be precluded from commenting on it because I’m a man.

            The point I’m making is people like to look at beautiful things–even women, so let’s get off our high horse. Would girls really be into Justin Beiber if he looked like Johna Hill. Women are just like men when it comes to beauty–they judge too. So let’s get real. Most real men don’t look like Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt.

            Lena’s character seems to like beautiful things too–her boyfriends are always good looking with nice bodies. Her character is self-absorbed, lazy and unmotivated, not sure why she is so popular with the guys.

          2. Diaz Grace Alexander

            Yes, people like to look at beauty. Why does that give you leave to make your comments about how “ugly” you find Lena’s body, and then to denigrate her further by saying how terrible it is that teenaged boys might see it and possibly try to masturbate to that image?

            And you neglect to consider all of the people who DO appreciate bodies that aren’t perfect. Your assumption – please correct me if I’m wrong – seems very much to be that it is BAD to like bodies that are average or imperfect, so they shouldn’t be shown at ll, because then someone might get the idea that it is acceptable to like those kinds of bodies, instead of ideal bodies.

            And if teenaged boys find themselves ‘alienated’ by the body of any female, so what? Media is saturated with female bodies of the ideal type. Who gives a flying fox if there are males who don’t like a particular woman’s body, or a particular body type?

            The character is not the go-getter type. She’s selfish and lazy and doesn’t bother to present herself as an appealing person. OK, fine. It’s baffling to you how she manages to attract sex partners. Also fine. It would baffle me as well, and I wouldn’t have had any bones to pick with your post if that was the thing you focused on. However, you chose to post a weirdly squeamish bit of mockery focusing on her physical form – ugly girl, ew, why would any man want THAT, and how can we protect our porn-seeking young boys from exposure to it? – which is what I have a problem with.

            I like beautiful people to look at as much as anyone. I’d be a filthy liar if I said otherwise. But I don’t like seeing anyone mocked and picked apart by shallow, selfish, thoughtless garbage like this post. While I normally let it pass and simply roll my eyes in disgust, this post happened to be the tipping point for me. I wish I could feel I’d been a bit instructive regarding the position of women (some of them at least), but i really don’t think you’ve absorbed anything I’ve said. I don’t think you’re willing to learn anything new here, and I’m not interested in continuing to explain. Maybe you have female friends who can show you what I’m trying to show you, but I suspect you’d not hear them either.

  3. Skydromakk

    “Now teenagers are relegated to looking at an average women and a lot of her” First of all, who cares! Teenage boys having a wank is not GIRLS’ target audience. Second of all…the internet? (Oh you figured that one out at the end, so your point was void, you just didn’t want to kill the pathos for those young boys)

    Now that we sorted that out, don’t you think there’s a certain irony in your reaction? Given that you think that GIRLS is the equal opposite of what’s mainstream now (average guy gets hot girl) and that “feminazi” have made too much fuss about the typical couple balance, what does that make you presently (that is apart from a hypocrite)? A mascunazi, or some other contrived term that likens the murder of thousands of Jews to feminine-centered views deemed unpleasant to hear?

    Maybe GIRLS should be a learning moment. Maybe the way you feel is the way some women feel about the converse and if it’s that easy for you to get up in arms about this, then maybe you should consider that it doesn’t take being a radical feminist to be bothered by the mainstream couple dynamics. Imagine that!

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  4. TiredOfYourBullsh*t

    Because god forbid teenage boys should be in touch with reality-where not everyone is a supermodel, and the majority of women are far closer to lena dunham than beyonce in appearance.
    God forbid any young man should be made to realise women have worth beyond their looks!

    Because then they might have to view them as-oh the horror of it all-HUMAN BEINGS!

    GOD FORBID!

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