Actor and Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Lena Dunham has responded to the controversy swirling around excepts from her book, Not That Kind of Girl, in which she discusses spreading open her young sister's vagina, paying her for kisses on the lips longer than five seconds and masturbating in bed beside her.
In a brief letter released by Time.com, Dunham apologizes for any pain caused by her writing and specifically for her use of the term "sexual predator" to describe her own actions.
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.
Dunham states that she has been vocal in her support of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.
The letter appears under the banner of Time Ideas. According to the website:
TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture.
Time.com offers no commentary and poses no follow-up questions to the actress, though they do feature a photo of Dunham looking very somber and mature with natural brown hair and a professional jacket. Further, Time characterized the controversy of Dunham's book as surrounding "a passage in her book." That is inaccurate; several passages in her book drew attention.
Monday, Time.com ran a piece titled "Lena Dunham Goes on 'Rage Spiral' After Abuse Allegations," by Maya Rhodan, featuring a much different photo of the activist -- smiling with green hair in front of a step-and-repeat at a celebrity event. In that piece, Time.com twice referred to critics of Dunham as "right-wing" as well as "conservative," language borrowed from and reinforcing Dunham's own angry tweets about the scandal from Sunday, which she embeds in her story.
Rhodan did not publish any of the relevant excerpts from Dunham's book.