Larry David - AP - July 2011
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Larry David is a feminist. There I said it. I know, I know, that jerk? Allow me to explain.

Yes he is arrogant and frequently offensive, but somewhere amid the solipsism and general buffoonery there is a man who treats women’s bodies and issues with a level of maturity, respect and a rather refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen on television.

Women’s bodies, and the stuff they do, are usually portrayed on television as either sexy or yucky. It is pretty simple. Breasts, hot! Periods, not! Sex with a vagina? Super. The word vagina? Super gross. But for Larry, this isn’t the case. (For the record, I am referring to Larry David the main character of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” not real-life Larry David, assuming there is a difference.)

Take, for example, the first episode of the current season, during which he instructs a young woman on how to insert a tampon. When a Girl Scout who had come to his house to sell cookies, informs him that she has just got her first period he is not only happy to provide her with a tampon, but reads her the instructions through the door. He says the word “vagina,” yes vagina! and even uses his armpit to simulate how inserting a tampon might work, and never once acts the tiniest bit repulsed.

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