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Her Body, Herself: The Right Size & Shape of Girls

A Biblical Feminist Confronts The Girls Goddesses, Part 7

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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July 21, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Check out the first six installments of Susan L.M. Goldberg’s ongoing series dissecting HBO’s Girls:

June 6: A Biblical Feminist Confronts The Girls Goddesses, Part 1

June 16: Sex Mitzvah’d: Virginity Isn’t Easy for Girls

June 23: Money: Is That What Girls Goddesses Really Want?

June 30: Millennial Girls Are Easy: Sex, Power & Porn

July 7: Sex for Girls’ Sake: Porn, Art, or Both?

July 14: Single Issue Goddess: The War on Women’s Intellect

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The majority of critical discussion of Girls revolves around Lena Dunham’s body. Without it or, rather, without her willingness to continually use her body as a plot device, Girls wouldn’t have half the following or 3/4 of the critical acclaim. While the show may discuss a variety of issues facing Millennial women, critics continually revert back to Dunham’s naked antics, turning discussions about body fat into the stuff of high art.

How deeply does the cult of goddess feminism impact our understanding of the individual woman? How does the idea of goddesses, reinvented in our popular culture today, undermine rather than enhance women’s happiness in their practical, day-to-day lives? How do women’s lives fall apart when they choose to idolize aspects of their feminine identity and parts of their body? 

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If your shape, posture, dress, demeanor, voice and vocabulary indicate that you don't care about yourself it will be instinctively known that you can't care about others, and you will be perceived as unattractive. This is true of either sex.

Someone saying that he is comfortable being fat is basically declaring himself to be selfish and lazy, which are character traits.
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