That Carol Peletier is more than a fictional character.
She is a living, breathing symbol for survivors of domestic abuse, and for those who hope to live long enough to become domestic abuse survivors.
I support none of the fandom insanity around here, but people who dismiss Carol as purely fictional are missing the point — and her actual significance within the world of popular culture — by miles.
It’s hard to find good role models in the media these days. Even my most favourite women in the spotlight often do and say things that I find hard to swallow. There is one woman who has always kept me impressed and inspired, however. From her tweets to her TV show, I have to admit, I am obsessed with Lena Dunham.
If you don’t know who Lena is, it’s time for an update. Television now has a female writer, director, producer, and actress, all in one. This is a big step for modern television. Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series, Girls follows 4 modern twenty-something women who are making their way through post-college life in New York City. Think Sex & The City, but younger; and less glamorous. A lot less glamorous.
The awesome thing about Girls is that we finally get to see young women’s lives represented in more realistic ways on screen. (Side note: I know there is a lot of controversy over the representation of race in the series, but just work with me here, I’m looking at it from a personal level). Protagonist, Hannah Horvath, is a self-absorbed English major who is writing a memoir and basically screwing things up, for the story. Her best friend, Marnie Michaels is the opposite in almost every way. She is a beautiful curator gone hostess who is still figuring things out. Jessa Johansson is their vagabond friend who is a strong in what she wants and spends most of her time traveling or disappearing altogether. Then there’s Jessa’s cousin, Shoshanna Shapiro, the 22-year-old student who is concerned with being a virgin, and growing into a respectable woman.
Girls has bared it all: from jobs gone wrong, to weird boyfriend’s sex fantasies, to lost friendships. One of the biggest changes in Lena’s show, though, is the nudity. This may not seem like a big deal, to have the main character of a show be nude, after all, it’s all over television these days. But Miss Dunham is what our society likes to call “overweight”. She is not the media’s idea of perfect, and that’s what’s so refreshing about Girls. We get to see different female characters in all different shapes and sizes not only represented, but also having sex, which is an aspect of television that is often overlooked. This series gives me hope for how society looks at women in the future.
I care about Girls because I care about what it has to say about young women and the struggles that they go through. Whether I’m going through heartbreak, rejection, financial issues, you name it, I can watch an episode to calm my nerves. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone. I care about Lena Dunham because she cares about the way society is working today and how women are represented. She is one of many modern feminists who is trying to convey her real self while talking about important issues. Lena is taking the walls society has built for women and tearing them down.
Maybe I relate to Lena Dunham as a writer. Maybe I relate to her as a feminist. Maybe I simply relate to her as a woman. Whatever the case, I’m glad to relate to her somehow, because every girl needs someone to look up to. I’m thankful to have someone like Lena in the spotlight because modern women need new heroes, and Lena is the voice of her generation. Or at least, a voice. Of a generation.
#tbt when my @brob_instagram dedicated her karaoke song to me. I laughed. I cried. #missher #bestfriend #karaoke #ohthatlookinyoureyeswhenwemakelove
This is so beautiful
- Being afraid is what’s kept us alive.
- No. It’s how we kept breathing.
a French phrase literally meaning “nobility obliges”. It is the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person with such status to fulfill social responsibilities, particularly in leadership roles; the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behaviour associated with high rank or birth.
Etymology: French, noblesse, “nobility” (ultimately from Latin nobilis, “knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”) + oblige, “obliges” (ultimately from Latin ob, “to, against” + ligō, “bind, unite”).
Sophia Bush and Mark Salling request by anon
Not my best but…
I’d ship them so hard if it happened
Nicole Kidman photographed by Steven Klein for Interview Magazine, September 2014