Lena Dunham’s younger sister Grace told the New York Times Magazine that “most of our fights have revolved around my feeling like Lena took her approach to her own personal life and made my personal life her property.”
The story in question is a disturbing piece of “non-fiction” that relates looking into her sister’s genitals. Here is the full excerpt:
“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.”
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. 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 came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”
My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just 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.
One part innocent story of a curious 7 year old discovering her own body by looking at her 1 year old sister, and one part psychopathy that make one wonder if she tortured cats, too, this story is at the very least distasteful. Aren’t some things better left unsaid? If what Dunham tweeted is true and her sister thinks this story is funny now, then why was it necessary to put it in her memoirs?
Frankly, it is amazing that anyone cares what Ms. Dunham has to say about anything. Taking this excerpt alone and out of context, it could be explained away. Add the details that in these personal accounts, Dunham describes using her little sister as a sexual outlet, kissing her for prolonged periods and even masturbating while she is in the bed beside her. Seriously?
Isn’t that incest, sexual exploitation of a minor, homosexuality, all rolled into one? Once upon a time, people would have been offended by Ms. Dunham’s actions and her career would certainly be in jeopardy over stories this scandalous coming out. Today, society calls it “edgy” or “provocative”. The only thing worse than political correctness wussifying little boys is cultural coarseness stripping little girls of their innocence and femininity with “provocative” B.S.
H/T: Truth Revolt