Lena Dunham is Not My Feminist Heroine
Feminism is not a shiny toy that you pick up and play with when you want to it should be the food you eat, the air you breathe and the words you speak. Many of us were fooled by Lena Dunham masquerading as an inclusive feminist, myself included, but now with all the stories surrounding her of late I️ recognize that she is contradictory and exclusive in her “feminism”.
Only mere months ago Dunham Tweeted this...
After actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report accusing Girls writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012 Dunham and co-showrunner Jenni Konner came out with this statement...
"During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change, there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue."
This statement reeks of arrogance and fully exposes her selective feminism. After this came to light it seems Lenny Letter writer Zinzi Clemmons was ready to take down the woman who has based her entire career on feminism. Clemmons announced her departure from Lenny Letter with a lengthy statement. In that statement, she says Dunham runs in racist circles and has done so since college.
“She and I ran in the same circles in college. Jemima Kirke was in my year at RISD while I was at Brown. We had many mutual acquaintances and still do. Most of these acquaintances were like Lena--wealthy, with parents who are influential in the art world. They had a lot of power and seemed to get off on simultaneously wielding it and denying it.
Back in college, I avoided those people like the plague because of their well-known racism. I'd call their strain "hipster racism", which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting--"It's just a joke. Why are you overreacting?" Is a common response to these kinds of statements. In Lena's circle, there was a girl who was known to use the N word in conversation in order to be provocative, and if she was ever called on it, she would say "it's just a joke". I was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from afar in anxiety and horror.”
Dunham is a product of privilege on more than one level and I️ think it’s likely time that she take a step back until she’s ready to speak for all women and start taking serious notes on intersectional feminism.