Where to begin with Lena Dunham? First of all, we can’t imagine a world where accusations of the molestation of a younger sibling would be “LOL.” And second, while the most disturbing passage from Dunham’s book, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,’” has been covered by conservative outlets like National Review and Truth Revolt, it’s far from a “right wing news story” when those sites simply quote verbatim from Dunham’s book.
So, what passage has conservatives like Katie Pavlich worked up? Here’s an excerpt, as reported by National Review:
Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”
We won’t get into another anecdote involving Dunham and her baby sister’s genitals, but as National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson puts it, “There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode.” Apparently there is, though, as Dunham scolds those nasty right-wingers with their filthy obsessions:
Don’t twist her words? Again, these are verbatim passages from the book she chose to write and publish. And though Twitter avatars certainly are no guarantee of the tweeter’s real appearance, there are many critics who don’t appear to be “bros” or “old men.”