Lena Dunham On Knowing Nora Ephron (And Our Relief That These Two Geniuses Met)

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

                                                                                                            -Nora Ephron  

Is Lena Dunham the Nora Ephron of our generation?

After Mrs. Ephron died last month I wanted to write about her on this blog. Stupidly, I thought that night I would get in bed, reread some of her essays, get some inspiration and write a brilliant tribute. I wanted to, I thought I needed to, and I thought it would help me put into words why I admired her so much. Instead, I just sat there, stared at my computer screen and ultimately succumbed to reading what everyone else had to say about her on the internet.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve thought about her a lot. I read her works and I went on a mad hunt across Toronto to buy ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’, a book I had read a few years ago but never owned. It wasn’t until I started rereading the book that I was able to BEGIN to articulate why I admired her so much. I was also able to understand how people like Nora, visionaries, wonder women, thinkers, shape our lives over the years in such subtle sneaky ways that we don’t even realize it’s happening until they’re gone and we feel the hole left in our heart and spirit.

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Miss Representation

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

I came across this video today and I wanted to share it with every Little Bird out there. If you’re reading this and you know of any young ladies who might learn something from it, or be inspired by it, please go ahead and share it.

Simply put this video is a creative and artistic way of sharing some unfortunate statistics of the influence of the media on young girls. It is also a small preview of what can be learned from the award-winning documentary Miss Representation. Describing it will not do it justice. Just take the time to watch this trailer and then spread the word to all young girls everywhere. I you are an educator you can also request to have a screening of the film at your school or organization. You will not regret it and we will all be better for it.

The film is written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Over a million people all over the world have seen the inspiring film to date, will you?