White boy talks ‘Girls’

Cutting Room Floor

When Lena Dunham first unveiled her new comedy “Girls” in the spring of 2012, she publicly marketed it as HBO’s own comment on “Sex and the City.” It wasn’t that much of a stretch. Four white women live in New York and have romantic misadventures. Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna
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‘Girls’ star partially delivers in new memoir

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham (“Girls”) in her advice-dolling memoir “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned.’ ” And tell she does — in witty, disgusting
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Hiding and seeking without shame

Safe, Sane and Consensual

What if we expanded and improved on that small student bubble of safety to create a society without shame — a collective community, where we meet others and ourselves with acceptance rather than judgment? An idyllic world playground filled with self-aware individuals, who teach children how to love themselves, to honor their bodies, whatever shape they come in, and to honor their preferences, whatever gender or sexuality or fluid, indefinable package they appear in.
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We want more free TV

Congratulations! you’ve finally managed to carve out 45 minutes to spend some quality time with your laptop. You’ve successfully finished reading the 80 pages assigned by your political science professor or hellish problem set. It’s time for a reward; too bad Hulu and Netflix haven’t put up the new episode
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New HBO series, “Looking,” now filming in SF

The city of San Francisco is definitely no stranger to the focus of the public eye within pop culture. In TV alone, its iconic bridge has served as the backdrop for all sorts of shows, ranging from “Full House” to “Party Of Five,” “That’s So Raven,” “Monk” and “Trauma.” But
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On the Small Screen: The season finale of ‘Girls’

The first (and only) line of Hannah’s e-book reads, “A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance.” This line seemed totally out of place in the context of the second season of HBO’s “Girls,” in which we have seen the four girls drifting apart and
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What we talk about when we talk about women

The Discomfort Zone

I’ve been thinking a lot on how people talk about women lately. The way my straight male friends talk about women; the way my guest lecturer talks about women; the way my parents talk about hypothetical women; and perhaps most of all, the way I talk about women. The reason
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Custom Screening: In defense of offense

I was trawling YouTube one night and happened upon a 2006 discussion between Stephen Fry and the late Christopher Hitchens on the subject of blasphemy. Now, anyone who knows anything about either of these men will need no introduction to their stance on religion.
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