My first reaction when I read this over at Instapundit:
THERE’S A REASON IT’S CALLED GIRLS, AND NOT WOMEN:
The show’s main character, played by Dunham herself, embodies all of this. In the first scene of the pilot, when her parents tell her they won’t be paying her bills any more, she loses it, and informs them that instead of pushing her out of the nest, they should be grateful she isn’t addicted to pills. Her friends are equally appalled by the prospect of a 24-year-old paying her own phone bills, and, for the most part, they’re equally reckless. For instance, in the second episode, one of them misses her abortion appointment because she’s busy having sex in a bar. And their romantic relationships — unsurprisingly — come in about every possible iteration of dysfunction.
At its core, Girls feels like a deliberate, dissective examination of a group of people who stubbornly refuse to grow up and are lucky enough to be able to pull it off. The main thing Dunham’s characters share is the idea that just because they exist, somebody else should give them stuff.
was that we should call that entire generation’s bluff.
You’re out of here, get a job — even one Americans supposedly don’t want to take, see you at holidays, don’t call us we’ll call you, to what address should we forward your student loan notices, call your gender studies professor for help, you just figured out the B.A. is the new G.E.D., can you see the fiscal cliff from your loft bed, you too can experience an Obamaphone because your iPhone 5 with 4G isn’t actually your iPhone 5 with 4G it’s on my Plan ….
Except that cooler heads prevailed.
It’s not an entire generation. As someone who interacts daily with hard working students, who interviewed hard working students for my Fordham series, who (Thanks God!) has hard working kids who (Praise the Lord!) are out of the house … I can tell you it’s not the entire generation.
It’s just the big mouths enabled by Hollywood and academia.
We need to figure out a way to call that part of that generation’s bluff.