Maybe the narrowness of Girls is fine. Maybe it’s also fine that Dunham’s vision of coming-of-age is limited to the kinds of girls she knows. Maybe, though, Dunham is the product of the artistic culture that created her—one that is largely myopic and unwilling to think about diversity critically.
Oh, it’s blasphemy day? Here’s something many people seem to find more blasphemous than atheism: there is systematic, large-scale inequality in our world that privileges some people over others based on which social category they’re placed into, and it manifests itself in “big” ways like violence and government-enforced persecution and in “small” ways like stereotypes and microaggessions. And it is driven by subtle biases that all of us have to some extent and are often unaware of.
P.S. In case it wasn’t obvious: atheists facing persecution in theocratic states are absolutely included here. When you think in terms of bias, prejudice, and privilege rather than RELIGION IS BAD, a lot more things are explained.
It’s like when people try to tell me that catcalling and rape are not even close to related when I say that both are forms of gender-based violence. While they may be at different ends of a spectrum of violence, they are two sides of the same coin. Because the same kind of entitled thinking that causes a man to not take no for an answer when a woman won’t give him her number or engage him in conversation in a bar is the same entitled thinking that causes that man to not take no for an answer when he’s behind closed doors with a woman. When we allow sexual violence in the form of public groping or catcalling to go unchecked, we allow larger violations to happen in private. You cannot separate these forms of sexual violence from each other, because they stem from the same place. And violations and assaults that happen in public can be equally traumatizing as the ones that happen in private. People who experience street harassment report feeling scared, unsafe, or anxious about leaving the house alone. That doesn’t seem “minor” to me.