There's a flurry of controversy this week surrounding poor Lena Dunham after a couple of conservative website columnists accused her of sexually assaulting her sister when they were children, based on a section Dunham wrote in her new book, Not That Kind of Girl.
Dunham immediately went on a Twitter rant, saying how outraged and disgusted she was over the accusations. She was also quick to point out that her sister is her best friend and nothing was written in the book without her prior approval.
Grace Dunham, on the other hand, was a little slower to comment on the situation. And even now that she has, we aren't sure what to make of it.
heteronormativity deems certain behaviours harmful, and others "normal"; the state and media are always invested in maintaining that— Grace Dunham (@simongdunham) November 3, 2014
As a queer person: i'm committed to people narrating their own experiences, determining for themselves what has and has not been harmful— Grace Dunham (@simongdunham) November 3, 2014
2day, like every other day, is a good day to think about how we police the sexualities of young women, queer, and trans people— Grace Dunham (@simongdunham) November 3, 2014
Grace Dunham came out as a lesbian during her senior year of high school, according to USA Today, and she seems to be taking this controversy as an opportunity to reflect on how we become the people we are as adults: especially concerning young women, transgender people and lesbians. There's only one way to really respond to her reflection: with confusion.
We're going to assume that, because of Lena Dunham's comments, her sister thinks all the hullabaloo is just as ridiculous. But if we didn't know anything about the controversy, we wouldn't even realize these tweets were commenting on the same subject as the chapter in Lena Dunham's book.
What does being a lesbian have to do with a curious, young 7-year-old looking at her sister's vagina? Is Grace Dunham trying to suggest that these events from her childhood caused her to become a lesbian?
The whole thing is just strange and we'll leave it to you for interpretation. Please feel free to clue us in below, because right now, we're just left scratching our heads.
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