Is HBO's 'Girls' the Voice of Our Generation? Nope, And That's Ok

Young women shouldn't pin all their hopes on Lena Dunham's new series. They should demand more shows made by girls like them.


Lena Dunham’s much-hyped new HBO show Girls, which follows four newly graduated young women as they navigate New York City—and the recession—in privileged poverty, has been anointed by countless journalists as pinpointing the coddled, twentysomething female zeitgeist. The main character, Hannah, a version of (and played by) Dunham herself, is downwardly mobile and broke and overeducated, negotiating hookups and sexual mixed messages and social media while trying to mine dignity out of a delayed adulthood.

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