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Lena Dunham: “I Do Not Condone Any Kind Of Abuse”

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“First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances. … If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.”

This is an excerpt from a short statement Lena Dunham gave to TIME about the recent controversy over portions of her memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, that describe what some consider to be sexually abusive treatment of her younger sister. You can read the full statement here. The other Frisky staffers and I have been talking about this subject almost non-stop over the last few days and while some of us are still trying to figure out how we feel as it relates to children, sexual exploration, boundaries and abuse in general, we agree that this is a discussion that desperately needs to be had. [TIME]

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

This post isn’t about Lena Dunham… really. So many others, including The Frisky’s own Amelia, have written about Dunham, her book, and the passages about her sister that have led to claims of molestation. But, I’m writing this because of the conversation that’s currently being had about Lena Dunham, so we can’t not talk about her.

The basics: Lena Dunham wrote a memoir and included bits about her relationship with her younger sister, Grace. Like the time Lena was seven and peered in one-year-old Grace’s vagina. Or the other time when Grace was older and Lena would give her sister candy in exchange for kisses. And then there was the story where Lena encountered masturbating in bed at 17, alongside her sleeping sister. Those bits got a few sites screaming “child molestation!” in Lena’s direction and the entire Internet has since blown up on both sides of it. But is it so crystal clear or black and white? When it comes to kids, sex, and sexuality can’t it be a whole bunch of fuzzy grey? Keep reading »

Lena Dunham Faces Accusations That She “Molested” Her Younger Sister

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In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena’s “weirdness” as a child, as well as her youthful obsession with the baby of the family. Instead, critics both on the right and the left say these stories not only cross the line of appropriateness, but suggest that young Lena’s treatment of her sister was sexually abusive, and that including them in her book is an extension of that abuse into adulthood. Keep reading »

June Shannon’s Daughter Chickadee Claims She Was The 8-Year-Old Victim Of Her Mom’s Child Molester Boyfriend

  • Well, this is deeply upsetting. Anna Shannon Cardwell, aka Chickadee from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” is claiming she was the child molested by (Mama) June Shannon’s sex offender boyfriend, Mark McDaniel, when she was eight years old. “I believe she is seeing him and hanging around him,” Cardwell told Radar Online. “I’m hurt. I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over.” [NYMag.com]
  • Meanwhile, TMZ has photos of Mama June and her nine-year-old daughter Alana hanging out with McDaniel just last month. WHAT. THE. FUCK. [TMZ]
  • Walmart has an entire section of Halloween costumes just for “fat girls.” [Jezebel]
  • Remember that fire that occurred at actress Ashley Greene’s house last year, which killed her sweet dog? Apparently a crack pipe was found on the premises. [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

Stephen Collins On Jessica Biel’s Topless Gear Spread In 2000: “It’s Child Pornography”

Stephen Collins On Jessica Biel's Topless Gear Spread In 2000: "It's Child Pornography"

Back in 2000, Jessica Biel, then starring as eldest daughter Mary Camden on TV’s “7th Heaven,” made waves by appearing on the cover of men’s magazine Gear in just a pair of panties, with her arm draped across her bare chest, covering her nipples. Given the “family-friendly” tenor of the religious-leaning show, this magazine spread was a big ol’ controversy at the time, including amongst the show’s producers and cast. And among those weighing in on the racy spread was none other than Biel’s TV dad, Stephen Collins, who had this to say:

“The press has gotten Jessica Biel’s age wrong in their recent stories about her. She’s not 18, as has been widely reported. She’s 17, a minor … Jessica’s photo spread was child pornography. I don’t want my kid to get the message that that’s okay.”

In light of Collins’ taped admission that he molested and/or exposed himself to multiple tween and teenage girls, these remarks about Biel’s Gear spread, frankly, take on a whole new and exceedingly creepy meaning. Yuck yuck yuck. [2 Paragraphs]

False Reports Of Suicide At Stephen Collins’ Home Swirl Amidst Child Molestation Scandal

  • Last night, the interwebs were all aflutter after false reports circulated of a suicide at “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins’ home, following yesterday’s reveal that he had admitted to molesting multiple young girls. When police arrived, they discovered Collins wasn’t home and there was no issue. Oh and weirdly enough, former “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico, Collins’ neighbor, helped get the rumor off the ground. [People]
  • Meanwhile, media outlets are just now reporting on the death of “7th Heaven” actress Sarah Goldberg on September 27, perhaps because the show is in the news following the story on Collins? Goldberg passed away in her sleep. [People]
  • “ADAM LEVINE IS THREATENING TO BRING TRUCKER HATS BACK” is the douchiest headline of the day. [People]
  • Amanda Bynes was spotted wandering around NYC’s Union Square with a band-aid on her face, talking to trees, as Amanda Bynes does. [TMZ] Keep reading »
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