‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’ is a feminist anthem for our time
A songwriter’s song can be a feminist manifesto.
And, in this week’s New York magazine, Lena Dunham has taken the first step toward reclaiming it.
The writer and activist-turned-actor has penned an essay for the magazine, titled “The Most Important Thing You Can Do For a Woman.”
It begins with a plea for support for her female fans, who she says have been under attack.
“We need you,” Dunham writes.
“We need to hear from you.
We need to know what you’re feeling.
And we need to be there for you.””
We have been told over and over that we need you to support your womanhood, to show us that we are worthy of love and respect,” she continues.
“But if we don’t, then we can never have the kind of life we want.”
It goes on to list ways to “be there for our women, to hold each other accountable for our mistakes, and to help us build on the foundation we’ve laid.”
In other words, if you want to be a part of the revolution, make sure you’re a woman.
In her essay, Dunham writes that there’s nothing inherently wrong with feminism.
It is, however, about reclaiming power.
And, while she may not be the first to use the word, she has taken aim at the label that she believes is often applied to the women who are “trying to be something that is not.”
“Feminism has always been about reclaimating power and creating a space where people of all genders can be themselves,” she writes.
“And I think that is why we are so incredibly fortunate to have such a great movement.”
In an interview with ABC News last year, Dunham said she believes in “the power of words” and has “a lot of respect for women, but I also think there is so much more to be done to help them understand what is at stake.”
“I think it is so important to say to men what they need to say about the women they’re seeing, what they can do, what it is they need, and what we have to do to make sure that our daughters and our sons and our wives are also free,” she said.
“I don’t think we need men telling women what they should be saying about their daughters.
That is not feminism.
That’s just bad and harmful.”
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