Since Sunday, in my Facebook feed, I have had 7, yes SEVEN, male friends comment on/rant/complain about/tell us how grossed out they were by this.
Seriously? You are seemingly intelligent and rational. And this is what you have to say about an episode that explored very real complications that exist in ALL friendships, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, or socio-economic status?
First of all, don't watch the show. Lena Dunham is clearly, and admirably, comfortable with who she is. The fact that you're not is YOUR PROBLEM. You must know by now how the show goes. If seeing real women's bodies on the screen disturbs you, you have an easy fix. Don't watch.
Here's the truth: When Danny McBride parades around, gut out, on Eastbound and Down, you all laugh and praise his genius. When James Gandolfini (R.I.P.)strutted his hefty stuff on The Sopranos, men loved him and women thought he was sexy.
You like what you like, and that's fine- but that you find it interesting/word-worthy/funny to use social media to publicly rag on the way a young woman, who is probably far smarter than you, looks in a bikini is pitiful.
And ladies, you are not off the hook either. More than half of the "friends" that chimed in on these disparaging status updates were women. And they were laughing/disparaging right along with their male compadres.
Beauty is subjective and that's awesome because we are not all vying for the same thing. And guys, YOU HAVE NO IDEA what it's like to walk through life with a huge portion of the population assessing your entire value based on how hot you are.
I can take a joke, I am not anti-man, I can appreciate the very different ways in which our brains operate. But, you don't get a pass on this one.
Wether or not you like the show, it makes me happy that a young, smart, confident woman is creating something of substance based on her brain, not her booty. Maybe it's not your cup of tea. Cool, don't watch.
But, please, do yourself a favor, and shut up. You're just making yourself look pathetic.