On Tuesday, she tweeted a simple question, and requested answers from other women.
I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014
Women and men everywhere replied to Dunham's question, and made it clear there are many reasons for birth control use.
@lenadunham because women have the right to enjoy sex without the confines and fear of a unplanned pregnancy, just as men do— B (@brattybeeee) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham Because I am not physically, financially, or emotionally prepared for parenthood.— Casey Rae (@cgarci21) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham i am a man & i demand the option be available for my gorgeous sister— Michael Korte (@MichaelKorteDuh) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham I need birth control because it is my choice to stop having kids after having had two that I planned and love to pieces.— Romina Linnell (@RominaML) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham because I want control over my sexual health and reproductive future. And that's OK.— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) July 23, 2014
Dunham followed up the conversation with information from Planned Parenthood, and said that they will be out with her on her book tour — and added another important comment.
Love hearing all your reasons for using birth control. And guess what? You don't need a reason.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014
Although Dunham started the conversation to share knowledge, she ended it on a humorous note to lighten the topic.
Oh, one other reason I need birth control: cuz once when I was menstruating real bad I said "my grandma only likes me cuz I'm on TV"— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014
Dunham's new book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned, is a semi-autobiographical story about a woman who is finding herself — through humor, culture and learning about who she is. It will be out on Sept. 30, 2014.
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