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OMG. A girl totally masturbated for about three seconds on HBO's Girls last night. And apparently, that's still a big deal. And the internet's panties are all a-twitter.
In case you missed the best episode of Girls so far, Marnie tells an artist guy she won't kiss him. To which he replies by spitting back at her, Fifty Shades of Grey style: "I want you to know, the first time I fuck you, I might scare you a little, because I'm a man. And I know how to do things."
Yeah! So there! Is it just me or can you picture him holding a lollipop and wearing a pinwheel hat? But, uh, way to tell a woman five inches taller than you that you can get it done. Anyway, because she's trapped in a sucrose relationship, Marnie gets turned on by his cojones and ducks into a bathroom to rub one out. And no, it's not the fact that she seems to be orgasming after three seconds that's shocking. It's the fact that she masturbates at all.
Today, The Huffington Post wants to know what the actress Allison Williams thinks about her "shocking sex scene." New York Magazine, always inquisitive, asked Williams, "How did you prepare for the masturbation scene?" Method acting, people. Method acting.
To her credit, Williams has been relatively low-key in her responses. "I’m sort of fascinated that it’s being made into a thing," Williams told New York Magazine. "There were scenes that were more difficult for me to do than that one, and it’s interesting to me that people are fixating on it. I mean, little Sally Draper in Mad Men did it before me, so listen — I’m just entering her territory."
I for one, have a dream. A dream that someday women will be able to masturbate on TV (with their clothes on, mind you) for three seconds, and it will not be "shocking." Because guess what, we real Girls do it all the time. And it sucks that women still have so much shame about it.
So congratulations to the newly renewed series for making me laugh out loud at least five times last night, and for keeping it at least a little bit real. Next up, let's battle the television myth of the three-second female orgasm, shall we?