Regina Weinreich: Girls Just Wanna Have: HBO's Girls and Mary Harran's Moth Diaries
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Grounded in a current day realism about sex, friendship, and work for recent college grads, HBO's much touted series Girls, airs this weekend. To focus on one aspect of its satire, in Girls, sex is free and freely given, an unsatisfying service by the girls, done with bewildered cads, happy to get what they can. Is this hooking up the logical extension of what Erica Jong extolled in her landmark 1973 novel Fear of Flying: "the zipless fuck?" Freed, women should pull down their pants at whim the way men do, right? For women who grew up with these "joys of sex," watching Hannah (Lena Dunham of Tiny Furniture fame who also writes and directs) and her twenty-something pals is an untoward vision of what many suspected back in the day, that liberation did not necessarily bring enlightenment. Viewers can watch Hannah's guy (Adam Driver) enter her from behind, with not much going on for her.
Despite its engaging wit, Girls' coming of adulthood is more troubling than Mary Harron's Th
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