Picking Truth

November 6, 2014 7:55 PM

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Picking Truth

Comedy fans were treated to insights from two of television's leading ladies this month when Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler released their memoirs. From their stories of navigating a medium that has traditionally been dominated by men, it is clear that both women were boosted by positive reinforcement from parents who gave them the confidence to take up space in our cultural discourse. This week's attacks on Dunham show that many in the media are not quite as enlightened in their ability to distinguish a joke from a confession, welcome discourse about awkward topics, and allow female writers to have ownership over their own narratives.

The introduction of Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, includes a passage reflective of the kind of honesty readers should expect to find in her book. "I had a nagging sense that my true friends are waiting for me, beyond college, unusual women whose ambitions are as high as their past transgre...

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