Lena Dunham has lashed out at some media outlets that used some of her entries in her recently published book to speculate that she sexually abused her little sister when they were still kids.
The excerpt from the actress/director’s book Not That Kind of Girl that began the whole thing reads:
“Do we all have uteruses?” I asked my mother when I was seven.
“Yes,” she told me. “We’re born with them, and with all our eggs, but they start out very small. And they aren’t ready to make babies until we’re older.” I look at my sister, now a slim, tough one-year-old, and at her tiny belly. I imagined her eggs inside her, like the sack of spider eggs in Charlotte’s Webb, and her uterus, the size of a thimble.
“Does her vagina look like mine?”
“I guess so,” my mother said. “Just smaller.”
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. 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.
My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”
My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.
Of all the news headlines generated by the excerpt above, the one that apparently irked Dunham the most was this one by Truth Revolt which says, ‘Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister,’ because she specifically referred to the right wing website’s story in the series of tweets she posted on Saturday.
‘The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really f**king upsetting and disgusting,’ she tweeted. ‘And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.’
She continued, ‘Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the f**k up bros.’
‘I told a story about being a weird 7 year old,’ she explained in another tweet. ‘I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.’
‘Sometimes I get so mad I burn right up. Also I wish my sister wasn’t laughing so hard,’ she finished.