sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 9, 2014

50 Shades of Lena

Filed under: feminism, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:30 am

I wasn’t quite following the campus rape stories that seemed to spring up out of nowhere, and Lena Dunham’s wholly made up date rape was not on my radar until a few days ago.  I’m yet to see an episode of Girls, and I didn’t read the Dunham’s book, but this jumped out at me:

After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham’s story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry (here and later the bold is mine, — S).

Barry?  Which Barry?  Two years ago Dunham, as you recall, compared voting for Barack Obama to to loosing her virginity, so her overture to Mr. President is well-documented.  Scratch that.  It’s not your run-of-the-mill overture; she anticipates the rendevouz with a black power figure to be so awesome that all her previous exploits will no longer count.

Somewhere in Hollywood

Dunham’s on-screen character, I hear, once dated a black Republican, which the sitcom creator compared to dating a Nazi:

My personal position is that you should date anyone you want so long as they treat you respectfully and share your value system. So it might be hard for me to date someone who was against gay marriage and abortion rights — I don’t think I would be attracted to them — but I don’t have any personal problem with dating a Republican. I do think that Hannah has this reverse ignorance where she’s like,If they’re Republican, get them out of my airspace, and that was a fun thought to explore.

When most American women wouldn’t date a Nazi because Nazism is a murderous ideology, Dunham claims that she is not attracted to people who have different opinions.  Fair enough… except that she doth protest too much.  Mundane political opinions are hardly titillating, and the mastermind of Sex in The City knock off should sense that.

In Dunham’s world Republicans are a forbidden fruit, and no matter how much she’s secretly attracted to members of this group, she can only fantasize of a sexual encounter taking place under special circumstances.  A Republican’s ethnic minority status can potentially provide a counterbalance to his otherness — all blacks are good, all Republicans are evil.  Or else sex has to be forced. Or both.

I’m curious if there is more examples of Lena hatef***ing The Other out there.  She probably does have some peculiar fantasies of race and power.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Professor Jacobson for linking.



  1. Her show is like Sex in the City. A very bad show no one watches that is promoted by the media until everyone feels stupid for not watching it.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — December 10, 2014 @ 10:13 am

  2. Well Lena must have hated her sister then because she regaled how she molested her sister as a baby in her book (multiple times until Lena was 17). The descriptions of the molestation was nasty as was Lena’s present day enjoyment of reliving it in the text. So poor Barry was not the only one Lena F-ed over. She did her sister when she was a baby to young child and then redid her sister by posting the details with glee worldwide.

    Comment by Summerwarmth — December 14, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

  3. Also, I think Lena knew Barry on campus. Either via his views as a Republican in general or via political arguments in social media, college newspapers, or a political discussion. There was too much detail in the description that led right to Barry’s door for it to be an oops. Lena deliberately targeted him and left him out to fail in the wind until it became obvious that he was going to take legal action supported by the information provided by reporting. Then Random house finally issues a statement saying it was not him. Lena makes an 8 sentence statement about his suffering and then goes on to yammer about herself and her fake narrative for another 1000+ words.

    Lena is just a nasty piece of work – unrepentant gleeful child molester plus fake rape accuser of an innocent person that she leaves to suffer based on his political leanings. I hope HBO dumps her but unless they feel the sting of a boycott, I doubt they will do anything.

    Comment by Summerwarmth — December 14, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    • Summerwarmth, welcome to my blog. 🙂
      I agree Lena is nasty. I doubt HBO will dump her because her notoriety only enhances interest in her. I don’t think she’s enjoying herself at this moment, however. But she’ll survive.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

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