Lena Dunham Slams Claim She “Molested” Little Sister: “It’s Really F*cking Upsetting”
Lena Dunham is firing back at a rumor claiming she molested her little sister. It began when certain outlets quoted a passage of Dunham’s new book “Not That Kind of Girl” in which she describes being seven years old and asking her mother whether her one-year-old sister Grace had the same genitals she did.
She writes that her curiosity got the better of her one day as the siblings played on their driveway: “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 didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did,” continues Dunham. “She just got 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.”
In another passage, Dunham says that her sexual experimentation at that extremely young age led her to use tactics similar to “anything a sexual predator might do.” At least one website ran Dunham’s words beneath the headline, “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister.” On Saturday, the “Girls” creator and actress struck back on Twitter.
She tweeted, “The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL – it’s really f*cking upsetting and disgusting. And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.”
“Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the f*ck up bros,” continued Dunham. “I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. 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.”
What do you think of Dunham’s account of events in the book, the resulting controversy, and her response?