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Lena Dunham Criticized For 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend' Article

Lena Dunham is being criticized for an article she wrote titled "Dog Or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz."

The 'Girls' star wrote the piece for the The New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs" section. It asks readers to guess whether each statement applies to her dog or her Jewish boyfriend.

"I feel that he is judgmental about the food I serve him," she writes. "When I make something from scratch, he doesn't want to eat it, but he also rejects most store-bought dinners."

"This is because he comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don't acknowledge their own need for independence as women. They are sucked dry by their children, who ultimately leave them as soon as they find suitable mates."

"As a result of this dynamic, he expects to be waited on hand and foot by the women in his life, and anything less than that makes him whiny and distant."

"He doesn't tip," she says in another statement. "And he never brings his wallet anywhere."

"When I get home from the business trip, he ignores me for hours, sometimes days, forcing me to wonder whether he would be better off with a woman who has a less demanding career. 'Why don't you find some catalogue model who just sits around all day and rubs your back? I bet you'd like that,' I hiss. 'I apologize for my many accomplishments. I'm sorry they mean nothing to you.'"

Writer Jordana Horn responded to Dunham's article on a Jewish blog, saying: "I suppose Lena Dunham feels that she has some sort of humor EZ Pass, and The New Yorker has indulged her in that thinking,... apparently Jews are a group you can make fun of and it is deemed kinda intellectual and funny to do so."

"If you take issue with what I'm saying, then do me a favor and imagine this same essay entitled, 'Dog or Black Boyfriend? A Quiz.' Much easier to imagine that essay running in a Ku Klux Klan newsletter than The New Yorker."

March 30, 2015 |

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