Modern feminism was crying out for a figure head, a knowledgable, notable voice to break through the bullshit. Enter Lena Dunham.
Her most recent book, “Not That Kind Of Girl,” offers an unassuming and personal insight into her relationship with feminism. Comprised of personal essays, emails, lists, and charming doodles, “Not That Kind Of Girl” steps away from other feminist literature, allowing the reader to form an understanding of feminism through Dunham’s quirky anecdotes and her own revelations about womanhood and its inherent struggles.
True to form, Dunham offers up her own myriad of mistakes on a silver platter to be analyzed and widely scrutinized. Acting as a mother hen to budding feminists, she hopes that her own mistakes can act as a lesson, a forewarning if you will, so other women can avoid similar unfortunate incidences. “If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you,” she writes, “or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile.”
Dunham’s signature humor permeates the pages, as does her profundity and wisdom. She seamlessly captures the voice and essence of a generation, providing insight that is largely lacking from feminist literature. As a 20-something myself, Dunham’s story was both relatable and compelling. The majority of feminist literature comes from an older perspective; however, Dunham is enduring the same trials and tribulations as many of her readers. Women who are just discovering their inner feminist now have a relatable icon to look up to, making the feminist movement more and more accessible to a wider age range of women.
Whether you are a devotee of “Girls,” a budding feminist, or simply a 20-something striving to find herself, “Not That Kind of Girl” is a must read.