by AMBER EBANKS
Lena Dunham recently released a book entitled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” In the novel, Dunham shares many different experiences that have made her into the woman she is today. Dunham discussed topics such as falling in love, losing her virginity and her weight. She aimed to show readers that even if you are worried about your love life or proving your self-worth in a room full of women twice your age, you and your story, are valued.
Despite her intentions, many people solely focused on a portion of the book which had many accusing Dunham of molesting her younger sister, Grace. Some believe that Kevin D. Williamson, a columnist for the National Review, and Bradford Thomas, who writes for Truth Revolt, both publications which lean politically conservative, ignited the allegations through various stories they’ve written which disparage Dunham for her actions. Both writers referenced several passages in her book where Dunham discusses her sister’s vagina.
In one passage, Dunham writes:
“Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.”
Controversy ensued after critics could not look past the idea that she had entered her sister’s vagina.
Dunham took to her Twitter account to defend herself. She laughed off the situation and called it “upsetting and disgusting.” She also said that, “if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you,” which only further ignited more debates about the comedian’s well being.
After being compared to the likes of R. Kelly and Bill Cosby, who have also been accused of molestation in the past, Dunham apologized for how she described her childhood behavior, but she did not apologize for the behavior itself. Since then, Dunham had made no public outings until the Literary Awards this week where she won the Best Teleplay Award for Girls season two finale.