Magazine March 11, 2013, Issue

Lena Dunham and Girls’ Rights

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in the HBO series Girls (Jessica Miglio/HBO)
Thoughts on a troubling political philosophy

It was the YouTube video heard round the world. Infamous, offensive, bizarre, stupid, viral (2.6 million views and counting) — it seemed like every human being with a computer had something to say about it. The clip earned 19,000 “dislikes” and 15,000 “likes.”

But here’s the thing about Lena Dunham’s “My First Time” campaign ad: Barack Obama is still president, women voted for his reelection by an eleven-point margin, and Dunham just got a $3.7 million advance on a book she’s writing. Democrats killed it in November, and the girl who proudly proclaimed that Obama took her voting virginity has a

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Politics & Policy

Benedict’s Legacy

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Take the Noir Pill

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The Empty Cradle?

Jonathan Last has just added one more cloud to the darkening sky that many conservatives see on America’s horizon. To growing conservative concerns about an entitlements crisis, fiscal ruin, soft ...


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The Week

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The Long View

News Clips from the Past

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Put Down the Controller!

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Politics & Policy


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