'Girls' sex scene causes a stir

DunhamAnother week, another internet stir causes by HBO's hit series Girls. Lena Dunham and crew have to love this kind of attention - you cannot buy this kind of advertising.

This week's is actually kind of positive, though. On last week's episode, Dunham's character Hannah and guest star Patrick Wilson's character Josh had a sex scene. A sex scene on Girls is not news - hell, it is not even that rare. What made this one stand out was its rawness, as it reflected a sense of sexiness while being honest.

Emily Nussbaum, a reporter with the New Yorker, found the episode excellent and the scene fantastic.

"[T]he Hannah/Josh scene was so intimate that it felt invasive: raw and odd and tender. That's a nearly unheard-of quality in sex on cable television, which consists largely of the same cynical motifs recycled again and again: perfect lingerie, interchangeable young female bodies (while male body types vary wildly, in age and shape), the sort of 'porn with purchase' that studs prestige cable series from 'Boardwalk Empire' to 'House of Lies,'" she wrote.

While Nussbaum found it groundbreaking, the Internet (in a move that should stun no one) has reacted negatively.

The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan, who has criticized the show in the past, defended the series, saying she did not think causing the Internet to get angry was the purpose.

"Girls" is a show that is designed to provoke, but weirdly enough, I don't think this episode was created to freak out large segments of the Internet. This was creator Lena Dunham exploring another stop on a young woman's journey of self-discovery in the big city; nothing about it struck me as odd or particularly unrealistic. The circumstances weren't usual, but that doesn't make them out of the bounds of possibility. Hannah's had a lot of sex with guys in shitty apartments; this time she had sex with a guy in an nice brownstone. The show had established, long before this episode, that she's voracious for new experiences, so her hanging out with a rich person was bound to happen sooner or later. Also, people get laid by all kinds of other people all the time. This is news?"

Did you see the scene? Did you react positively or negatively, or was it just another scene?


- Girls
- Lena Dunham

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 16th, 2013, 8:35 pm

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Message Posted On Feb 18th, 2013, 1:31 am

Loora is stupid and the show is bad.  Moving on.


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Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 10:46 pm

Given it was the "Internet" that was upset, I'm pretty sure the Internet isn't a purely American phenomena.

Are you sure you know what "hypocritical" means, Loora? Is someone a hypocrite if they like apples and hate oranges? Or is that obsessing about a trivial matter like fruit?

"the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety"

I could care less, but for those who do, how are they acting contrary to their real character and actual behavior?


Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 2:15 am
Hey Loora, who cares what you think about America? The question was about the sex scenes. Did you even see the show? I thought the scenes were realistic in the sense that most girls do not have perfect bodies, otherwise they were just scenes to me. I did not find them arousing or thought provoking, more like watching a bulldog mate with a German Shepherd.

Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 1:09 am
Only America can obsess like this over such a trivial matter like a sex scene (omg!). You guys are funny and SO hypocritical it almost hurts at the same time.
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