That post.

It was there. I just private marked it. Felt like I should have sat on it until Monday at least.

Take Care.

Girls debate addendum (there will be follow up).

I’ve got a few thoughts about why Girls is the way it is. Not posting them until I’m at least four episodes into the show, and they’re pretty exclusively based around my high school years at a Brooklyn Heights private school, which were followed by time at an upstate New York liberal arts college.

Edit: Because I think it will related, there will also be comments regarding the #1 Movie in America last weekend, Think Like A Man. Which means this piece will not be up until I see that movie when I sneak into it after I see Avengers at the same theater, which is to say, some time in mid May.

But cloistered though it may be, “Girls” is a symptom, not the disease. The debate over the show is related to, but not a full picture of, greater debates about race and television, about representation and power, and about reception. The vigor of the response has far more to do with what’s not shown on television as a whole than what is or is not shown on “Girls,” and also with who’s chosen to pay attention.

Television is nowhere near diverse enough — not in its actors, its writers or its show runners. The problems identified by critics of “Girls” are systemic, traceable to network executives who greenlight shows and shoot down plenty of others. It’s at that level that diversity stands or falls.

And “Girls” is hardly alone in its whiteness. Far more popular shows like “Two and a Half Men” or “How I Met Your Mother” blithely exist in a world that rarely considers race. They’re less scrutinized, because unlike the Brooklyn-bohemian demimonde of “Girls,” the worlds of those shows are ones that writers and critics — the sort who both adore and have taken offense at “Girls” — have little desire to be a part of. White-dominant television has almost always been the norm. Why would “Girls” be any different?

Jon Caramanica’s think piece on the lack of diversity on television as a whole in the NYT, NAILS the right tones for the debate about Girls’ melanin deficiency.