Lena Dunham, not just another “Girl”

What most of the followers of Lena Dunham want to know at that time is how the last season of Girls is going. The sixth season is going to be the last one, so no one wants to be disappointed with the future of Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa. But Dunham, a writer mostly known by her career on cinema and tv, has been busy for some other reasons lately. She has been participating on the US elections campaign as a Clinton supporter.

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Dunham joined last week the team of directors who are collaborating on a documentary about this year’s US presidential election, which will be released on early 2017. Some of their missions for this project are live-streaming events during the electoral campaign and also following and recording a diverse group of Americans from across the country until the winner is revealed.

The director has been using her fame and role as a public person to fight for the image of women. So it’s not surprising that she has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton during last months. The ones who follow her on social media could have noticed that she has been streaming different meetings and political events.

But this not the first time that Dunham gets involved on electoral campaigns. On 2012 she was criticized by appearing in a video advertisement promoting President Barack Obama’s re-election. Some media considered that she was trying to get the youth vote “by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time”. But the actress defended the ad by Twitter saying “the message is serious: vote for women’s rights”.

The same reasons moved her to “Chose Hillary Clinton”. She explained why she was with Hilary in an article published b y the magazine T ime last April, where she confessed that she thought that having a woman as a President “was something impossible”. Among the facts that made her support Clinton she pointed “her commitment to women’s reproductive health and rights”, as the abortion, her plans against “systemic racism” and her aim to carry out “gun control”.

In relation to the last topic, Dunham said that “gun control is a feminist issue”, taking into account that “guns are responsible for more intimate partner killings than all other weapons combined”. That’s why “Hillary has a plan to keep guns out of the hand of domestic abusers”.

If we go through the reasons that Dunham gives, we will know a little bit more about Clinton’s policy, but also about the actress’ way of thinking, values and principles.

Lena Dunham, born in 1986, grew up in Manhattan, in the Soho, where she meet some her future colleagues in Girls. The series was created and directed by her, who also plays the role of the main character. The show and the characters has been nominated by different awards several times since 2012, age of the original release, winning The International Prize of the British Academy Television Awards, among others.

One of the keys of the success is that, in spite of the name, Girls, the show is not a typical story about young women. The plot may coincide with a well known tv program: four girls in Manhattan who try to deal with love, work and social life. Yes, it sounds like Carrie Bradshaw’s Sex and the city, but it has nothing to do with that. Dunham has been inspired by real events in her life to tell things about us, women, which hasn’t been told before.

Before creating the show that put her on the map, she worked on several projects. She started uploading short films to Youtube as a student at Oberlin College. Since the very beggining she worked on controversial subjects and sex was very present, like in Tight Shots, a ten-episode web series for Nerve.com. The definitive step to the fame before Girls was Tiny Furniture, a semiautobiographical film that she released on 2010.

Although being just 30 years old, she has a lot to tell, as she demonstrates on Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, her first book. It’s a memoir where she reveals what she has been writing on her diaries since she was a child, like the day that she suffered sexual abused or her obsessive compulsive disorder. Those episodes which marked her life now are part of her and her personality, reflected on every single word she writes.

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