WOMEN
02/20/2013 01:12 pm ET

The Secret To 'Girls': Lena Dunham's Paralyzing Fear Of Sex

One of the criticisms of Lena Dunham's HBO comedy Girls has revolved around the amount of time the creator, lead writer, and star of the show spends naked and what she's doing while she's unclothed (eating cupcakes, playing pingpong, having sex that doesn't seem to be sexy). Accustomed as we are to highly choreographed on-screen sex, it's no wonder that so many of us can't grasp where the scenarios in Girls are coming from, assuming either that bad baroque sex is some kind of twentysomething curse or that Dunham is simply trying to shock.

But a new profile of Dunham in Rolling Stone suggests an alternate explanation. Dunham's depictions of sex as awkward, intimate, and deeply revealing may be less about trying to provoke prudes than about dealing with her own anxieties. Brian Hiatt writes:

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