According to the group, genitals and nipples are not allowed on network or cable versus premium channels like Cinemax or HBO , but what characters can say or reference is more of a gray area. That was a specific choice. If showing a man give a woman oral pleasure is rare, the 69 is the unicorn of TV sex. His self-destructive behavior is no different from Hannah inserting the Q-tip into her other ear , or Marnie Allison Williams tragically singing her ex-boyfriend a song at his work party and then sleeping with him. Girls is most definitely the former rather than the latter. The politicking on House of Cards, for instance, leaks into the bedroom. It was there that she realized very few female characters on TV could be sexually liberated without being judged or punished by the show. The transgender movement may have helped Transparent make it to air, but the show has also educated people about the fight for transgender rights. The scene could have easily been structured as a lecture—this is how a transgender man might have sex—which Soloway says she intentionally avoided. The show and its leading actor, Jeffrey Tambor, won Golden Globes for its freshman season, and in the months since, transgender issues have come to the fore. Can you even show an aroused male body? These plot lines often carry feminist undertones—after all, Dunham is one of the few young women who have been given the chance to make her own TV show. Transparent, which starts its second season on Amazon sometime this year, broke new ground in a different way, showing something that few people have experienced, let alone seen on TV. It means the flaky Jessa Jemima Kirke skipping out on her abortion appointment to hook up with a stranger in a bar bathroom. Take, for instance, an episode in the second season of Girls when the writers explored the blurred lines of consent.