Life & work tipsPassion 27 September 2016
Life Lessons we learned from Lena Dunham

Whether or not you love or hate her, Lena Dunham is called the voice of her generation and we couldn’t agree more. She inspired many fans over the last couple of years: Lena made us crack up (remember the first episode of Girls – the painfully awkward sex scene with Adam?) and shared some interesting thoughts along the way too.

Lena gave us Girls  – perhaps the most honest shows on television ever, capturing the many epic fails of a twentysomething. Season six will be aired in the early months of 2017 and we can’t wait. Let’s get in the mood and start off with some of her most memorable quotes ever.

“Respect isn’t something you command through intimidation and intellectual bullying. It’s something you build through a long life of treating people how you want to be treated.”

“My biggest nightmare is that I do something where they’d be like, ‘That’s why you don’t give shows to 25-year-old girls.’ I’m always afraid that I’m being unprofessional, yet I continue to sign all my e-mails, ‘xoxo.'”

“Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.'”

“Don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from. But when you run, run back to yourself.”

“Another frequently asked question is how I am ‘brave’ enough to reveal my body on-screen. The subtext there is definitely how am I brave enough to reveal my imperfect body since I doubt Blake Lively would be subject to the same line of inquiry… My answer is: It’s not brave to do something that doesn’t scare you. I’d be brave to skydive. To visit a leper colony. To argue a case in the United States Supreme Court or to go to a CrossFit gym.”

“I always feel that there are two choices for women. Either be totally confident about your non-size-zero body and say, ‘I love what I look like and this is who I am,’ or be the person who is obsessed with diet and exercise and keeping toned. What feels more realistic to me is that some days I wake up and think I love how I look. On other days I say, ‘If I had real self-control, I would be 10 pounds lighter.’ That contradiction is, to me, what being a girl actually feels like.”

“It’s somebody who gives you space and time you need to do your work. Somebody who says, “You couldn’t do anything that would embarrass me. Just be yourself in a way that has integrity, and I’ll be proud of you.” I think women are conditioned to stand by their man and watch them make it to the top, but most men never believe the person they get into a relationship with is going to rise any higher than she was when they met. It takes a very special, evolved person to be able to deal with change within a relationship.”

“You will find that there’s a certain grace to having your heart broken.”

“Women saying, ‘I’m not a feminist’ is my greatest pet peeve. Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist.”

“Feminism doesn’t mean women are going to rise, take over the planet, and like cut off men’s testicles.”

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