DoubleX Gabfest: HBO’s Girls, Doltish Dads, and Submissive Sex

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
April 19 2012 3:41 PM

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In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate contributor Seth Stevenson to discuss Lena Dunham’s new HBO series Girls, doltish dads in TV commercials and Slate columnist Katie Roiphe’s exploration of the submissive sexual proclivities of working women.


The DoubleX "coffee talk" endorsements:

Hanna Rosin recommends French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter’s sure-to-be-controversial new book-in-translation The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women.
Noreen Malone is your TV guide this week with praise for the new HBO series VEEP, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the NBC show Best Friends Forever.
Seth Stevenson enjoyed the 1996 film Walking and Talking, in which two lady friends struggle to become adults.

Other items discussed in the show:

Emily Nussbaum’s profile of Lena Dunham from New York magazine.
Noreen’s much-discussed state-of-a-generation piece “It Sucks To Be Us.”
The Slate guys’ discussion of Girls.
Bryan Lowder’s XX Factor post on the power of masochism.
Dan Amira’s Daily Intel piece on Mitt Romney and diapers.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Seth Stevenson is a frequent contributor to Slate. He is the author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.



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