At the Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel at Sundance, in which Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, and Jenji Kohan discussed life as female artists, Dunham brilliantly pointed out the obvious regarding Woody Allen’s repeated onscreen “perv” behavior. Dunham is frequently taking the heat for the screw-ups of her “Girls” character Hannah Horvath, as if the two are the same person. As she mentioned at the panel, male writers are much less likely to be compared to the characters they play on camera. Like, for example, Woody Allen:
“Woody Allen is proof that people don’t think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year olds for years and we didn’t say a word about it. And then he did it! A bunch!…No one went, ‘oh, Woody Allen’s making out with a 17-year old in ‘Manhattan’ I guess he’s a real perv’…And then, lo and behold…”
Girl tells it like it is. You can watch the fascinating full panel here. [Jezebel]
This week’s issue of Time Out New York features a total BFF fest — Lena Dunham is interviewed by best friend and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner, and spends a huge chunk of that interview gushing over pal Taylor Swift. So much girlfriend love! A snippet of the conversation: Keep reading »
Yesterday, Gawker’s J.K. Trotter wrote a piece naming the man who allegedly raped Lena Dunham in college. Dunham wrote about the rape in her book, Not That Kind Of Girl, but took a number of steps to conceal his identity. Unfortunately, the manner in which she cloaked his identity was seized upon by some of Dunham’s conservative critics, who sought out to identify (and probably exonerate) the guy so he could tell “his side.” This led to a totally unrelated former student being fingered, which Dunham’s critics presented as proof that she was stretching the truth. Dunham eventually wrote a piece for Buzzfeed making it clear that the wrong guy had been identified, that she didn’t want her real rapist to be revealed and that his identity isn’t the issue anyway, as telling her story was the only point. “Reporters have attempted to uncover the identity of my attacker despite my sincerest attempts to protect this information,” she wrote. Sadly, her wishes have not been and continue to not be respected.
Last night, Beejoli Shah, a former editor at Gawker’s Defamer blog and a soon-to-be full-time Frisky staffer (woot!), forwarded me the email she sent to Trotter — who she acknowledges as a friend and former colleague — expressing her concerns with his decision to publish the name of Dunham’s rapist. She gave me permission to publish her email verbatim on The Frisky, though I have made a few small spelling/formatting corrections. For context, Beejoli also recently wrote a piece for Buzzfeed about her own rape and was harassed on Twitter by men’s rights activists (like Roosh V.) as a result. — Amelia Keep reading »
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Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun. I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of it for this person I do not know, aside from one night I will never forget. That is my choice. …
When I finally chose to share my story, I did not do so in a vacuum. I was inspired by all the brave women who are now coming forward with their own experiences, despite the many risks associated with speaking out. Survivors are so often re-victimized by a system that demands they prove their purity and innocence. They are asked to provide an unassailable narrative when the event itself is hazy, fragmented, and unspeakable. They are isolated and betrayed by people close to them who doubt their reality or are frustrated by their inability to move on. Their most intimate experiences are made public property. …
I was ready to admit to the ways being sexually assaulted has shaped my sense of self as a woman entering adulthood, compromised my emotional security, and haunted me even during the most joyful periods of my life. I hoped I might inspire others to share, and that forming these connections would assist us all in healing.
Lena Dunham has penned a beautiful essay for Buzzfeed about her decision to write about being raped in college in her book Not That Kind Of Girl. The essay is written somewhat in response to conservative critics who have questioned the validity of her story and have gone out of their way to “disprove” it, including trying to track down the man who raped her. Yesterday, I told you about how one former classmate, who happens to be named “Barry,” the pseudonym used in the book, has been mistaken for Dunham’s attacker. Going forward, new printings of Not That Kind Of Girl will be more clear that “Barry” is a pseudonym; Dunham apologizes for the confusion at the beginning of the essay, calling the resemblance between Real Life Barry and Book Rapist Barry “an unfortunate and surreal coincidence.” Keep reading »