Time for real talk. We have had many a Ha Ha at Lena Dunham’s expense, and we’ve also skewered her when appropriate (see Lena Dunham Launches Sexist Attack on White Women and Lena Dunham Wishes She Had An Abortion), because… well, it’s easy. Sometimes the pot shots have to be made. But it appears after a time she grew tired of being fat (makes sense) and started exercising and watching what she ate…
‘Then I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I had all these people being like, ‘you’re a hypocrite, I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced bodies of all sizes,’ and I’m like I do, I just also understand that bodies change, we live a long time, things happen.’
First and foremost, good on Lena Dunham for taking healthy steps to a better lifestyle. I mean that in all sincerity. People are generally happier and more confident when they look and feel better. When more people are happier and confident, they tend to rub those positive feelings off on other people, encouraging others to be happier and more confident.
Which leads me to point number two. Dunham blames criticism of her slimmer physique on sexism, that “women in Hollywood can’t win.” I respectfully disagree. For years, Dunham foisted her gelatinous body upon the rest of us in ways we can only describe as OH GOD, OH GOD. Telling us we must ACCEPT her body or we’re hateful hate mongers of hate. Her blubbery followers seal-clapped her efforts. But now Dunham is slimming down, those same seals feel betrayed. Dunham has splashed in the water to do more than pose on toilets, she’s swimming laps to get healthy. The seals beached on their SJW rocks feel both abandoned by their spokesperson but also shame for remaining beached on shore.
Dunham’s original ideology was: “Blame your fatness on other people. If they don’t like your fatness, it’s their narrowmindedness, not your BMI.”
Except if you read what she wrote in 2015, about how much stronger and happier she is, it just proves our overall health point. Encouraging weight loss and exercise is not fat shaming, it’s encouraging health. Healthy living makes people happier. Which Dunham is now realizing. So before, while eating cake atop a toilet, Dunham wasn’t living a healthy life, while demanding people ACCEPT HER OR ELSE. An interesting plot twist that now she’s living healthy, her fan following who seemed to take pleasure shaming people who didn’t enjoy looking on them, have since shamed her for being healthy.
Rather our point about the fat pride movement. They’re not interested in “body positivity” they want to remain fat without “shame” while lecturing us for being giant hate bigots. Irony.
But as a society, we’d do Dunham and every other person struggling with weight loss a disservice by simply “accepting” a less happy, less healthy lifestyle. Which usually takes a larger form.