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Considering All “Sides” Of The Lena Dunham Debacle: A Reading List

Lena Dunham's Book Has A Cover & Release Date Now

I haven’t stopped thinking about this whole Lena Dunham controversy since it first made headlines earlier this week. Not because I feel particularly strongly in either direction about Lena Dunham the famous person, aside from her being a fellow member of the human race who sometimes makes art I enjoy. I don’t care about this controversy because some right-wing, transphobic, misogynist website was the first to sound the alarm that her memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, contains passages they say describe child sex abuse towards her younger sister Grace. I don’t care about this controversy because Lena Dunham is a feminist, and a white woman, and therefore, by some people’s estimation, “one of my own” who I’m going to defend for that reason alone, or something. I care about it because it has shown a very bright spotlight on something that is rarely discussed despite being entirely universal: how children come to know and understand their bodies and the bodies of other people, particularly other children, and how they learn to uphold and respect the boundaries of those bodies. We have all been children, we have all had to go through this, and what this controversy has revealed to me is how incredibly varied and defining those experiences have been in good, bad, but mostly somewhere-in-between ways. And I care about this controversy because I don’t think children will ever navigate these issues in a one-size-fits-all way. So we’d better get better at talking about it. Keep reading »

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 »

Celebs Heart Lena Dunham’s Planned Parenthood T-Shirt (And You Can Too!)

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Lena Dunham teamed up with Planned Parenthood on her book tour, and now they’ve created a special-edition shirt with Lena’s name on it to raise money for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. All proceeds of the shirt will go towards the organization, and it’s release serves as great encouragement to show up at the polls for next week’s midterm elections to choose leaders who stand up for women’s rights. The shirt was premiered today, and celebrities like Leslie Mann, America Ferrera, Amy Poehler, Jenna Lyons, and Ellen Page came out of the woodwork to support reproductive rights (and Lena!) by sharing selfies in the t-shirt. You can check out her Instagram for more photos from supporters, and you can get yourself a shirt here. [Time] [Image via Instagram]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Radical Housewife, Watch “Transparent” & Cook Soup

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Radical Housewife, Watch "Transparent" & Cook Soup

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »

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