Lena Dunham Is Embroiled in Yet Another Scandal Over Her Convenient Feminism

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Another year, another Lena Dunham scandal. This time, everyone’s favorite self-proclaimed feminist has tried to hitch her wagon to the Time’s Up star… without doing any of the work the other activists are doing.

So. Let’s get down to it. The issue here is performative feminism.  

This means feminism that looks and acts like feminism – it wears pussy hats  and logo-ed t-shirts and fights for women’s rights – but actually isn’t. After all, feminism is a very basic construct – equal rights for women and men.

Many would accuse feminists of seeking to take rights away from men, but that isn’t the case. All feminists seek is a seat at the table. To be afforded equal consideration for both sexes. Part of this also takes into consideration complicating factors like race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. This is called intersectionality.

So when we talk about feminism that isn’t intersectional – that doesn’t take into consideration these factors and pushes for the equality of only white, abled, heterosexual women – that is what we mean when we say white feminism.  

White feminism is the feminism of women like Taylor Swift, Megyn Kelly and Ivanka Trump. It is the type of feminism that seeks the advancement of white women at the expense of everybody else. It is the type of feminism that saw 53 percent of white women vote Donald Trump to power. It is the type of feminism that Girls creator Lena Dunham epitomizes.    

As you will recall, the habitual bad feminist had a bit of a rocky 2017 when she exposed herself in all her white feminist leanings as she defended one of her writers when he was accused of rape by mixed race actress Aurora Perrineau.

This, of course, was mere months after she had exhorted the world to “believe women” via one of her favorite social media mediums – Twitter.

Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.

— ? Lena Dunham ? (@lenadunham) August 4, 2017

hipster racist

That was 2017, and this is 2018, and now Dunham has yet again emerged to cause another social media brouhaha. This time it was tied to the Time’s Up movement, which seeks to end sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace.

This week, Dunham appeared on a now-deleted Time’s Up group picture on Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson’s Instagram. This was a surprise to many followers of the campaign, who hadn’t seen her in the previous months of work.

One user stated:
I support this initiative and the fight for gender justice and am really glad that the movement is growing. I however am perplexed by the inclusion of Lena Dunham, a woman who publicly accused a young sexual assault survivor of color, Aurora Perrineau, of lying about her assault.

True to form, Thompson stepped in with a candid reply:
Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months. We hosted an open house for actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena presence was a surprise to us all. This is a time of reckoning. And for many, a re-education. So many women also have real work to do. I’m afraid it’s too nuanced a conversation to have on this platform. But I hear you, and know that your thoughts and words are not lost on me. It’s been discussed.

For reference, this is a woman who, when presented with this tweet–

everyone’s reactions when kate winslet started talking about working with woody allen lol pic.twitter.com/XUdFcFWfD6

— gabi (@harleivy) December 17, 2017


Anyways… “Would I work with him?” is a highly hypothetical question for me. There are no black women in Woody’s worlds.

— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) December 18, 2017


Dunham quickly responded via Indiewire, stating,
I was honored to be invited to the meeting by a close friend and to observe the work that these amazing women have been doing the past few months. For highly personal reasons, I’ve been unable to join previous efforts but being asked to be a part of this celebratory moment was truly beautiful. I’ve worked with Tessa and respect her artistry and admire her consistent candor.

And Thompson put out an explanation as well via Twitter, saying,
I sometimes lack finesse in navigating social media. Hard to discuss issues with nuance there. A response I made to comments on an Instagram became fodder for a piece that I believe was designed to create conflict where there isn’t any.


— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) January 9, 2018

All’s well that ends well, we guess, but Lena Dunham still needs to take time to brush up on her feminism before she tries something like this again. Just sayin.