Recently, Us Weekly featured the newly-slim actress Lena Dunham on its cover along the headline “Slim Down Diet Tips that Stars are Using." Dunham, (in)famous for appearing nude incessantly in spite of the fact that her body does not conform to traditional standards of beauty or health, was not pleased. "It's diametrically opposed to everything I've fought my whole career for and it's not a compliment to me because it's not an achievement," she posted on Instagram.
The star of HBO's recently wrapped-up show Girls facetiously offered her own dieting tips, which included these seven:
1. anxiety disorder
2. an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny
3. constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future
4. watching institutions you love from Planned Parenthood to PBS be threatened by cartoon mustache-twirling villains
5. marching your ass off
6. a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge
7. worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don't
Ironically, even though obesity is one of America's major public health issues, Dunham insists that losing weight is "not an achievement," in spite of doctors' advice otherwise, because she doesn't believe women should adhere to men's standards of beauty... or something like that.
This is not the first time that the actress has blamed her weight loss on politics. After the election of President Donald Trump, Dunham told Howard Stern, “Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food… Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’ And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness, and you, too, will lose weight.'”
Here's a tip to Dunham: losing weight is not a moral problem and does not indicate too much deference to the "patriarchy." People -- yes, even liberals -- do it all the time, because they want to live longer or simply want to look better in jeans. Just relax a bit. It'll make the next four-to-eight years much easier on you.
Image Credit: Lena Dunham's Instagram