I'm not gaga over Lena Dunham: I think she's very smart; I think she's a good writer; but I'm not a worshiper. That said, I read Jennifer Lawrence's post on Dunham's recent newsletter project, Lenny. I like the idea of hearing from people we might not expect to, in ways we haven't before. These aren't long reads, but they're dealing with things we're not used to talking about. That's what Dunham does well: she brings things up that people don't have much experience hearing about in the open. Slate's subsequent recap of the post makes the audience even wider. The point is this: women still get paid less than men, even celebrities, even at the top of their game. This is both alarming and not at all surprising. But Lawrence's honesty is surprising: only because, in America, we don't talk about money. Maybe we should. Maybe if we did, things would change. The New York Times also wrote about the gender pay gap recently. All of these sources say the same thing: women don't ask as much. This reminds me of the genius Amy Schumer sketch "I'm Sorry." In this sketch, all of the women (like most women) are successful, but still feel this need so apologize for it--or, just for themselves. The most significant thing here isn't that women need to get paid more--we do--it's that we need to feel like we can ask for it.