Lena Dunham took to Twitter on Saturday to say "the right-wing news story that I molested my little sister isn't just LOL -- it's really f*cking upsetting and disgusting."
Dunham lashing out came after TruthRevolt posted a story Thursday about her newly published collection of personal essays, "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned.' "
In it, she describes experimenting sexually with her younger sister Grace, whom she says she attempted to persuade to kiss her using “anything a sexual predator might do.” In one particularly unsettling passage, Dunham experimented with her six-year younger sister’s vagina. “This was within the spectrum of things I did,” she writes.
On Saturday, Dunham went on a self-described "rage spiral." She said: "And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid's vagina, well, congrats to you." Then: "Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don't demean sufferers, don't twist my words, back the fuck up bros." Then: "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."
In the collection of nonfiction personal accounts, Dunham describes using her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet, bribing her to kiss her for prolonged periods and even masturbating while she is in the bed beside her. But perhaps the most disturbing is an account she proudly gives of an episode that occurred when she was seven and her sister was one. Here’s the full passage (p. 158-9):
“Do we all have uteruses?” I asked my mother when I was seven.
“Yes,” she told me. “We’re born with them, and with all our eggs, but they start out very small. And they aren’t ready to make babies until we’re older.” I look at my sister, now a slim, tough one-year-old, and at her tiny belly. I imagined her eggs inside her, like the sack of spider eggs in Charlotte’s Webb, and her uterus, the size of a thimble.
“Does her vagina look like mine?”
“I guess so,” my mother said. “Just smaller.”
Luckily, Taylor Swift told David Letterman that Dunham is an empowering woman.
"She's so empowering," Swift said. She said Dunham messaged her on Twitter, saying, "We need to be best friends. I feel like you've been my best friend in my head for months and almost years now. So, I need to see you in person; then I will lavish you with compliments in person."
So, there's that.