Lena Dunham's "rage spiral": She fires back after right-wing accuses her of sibling "sexual abuse"

"Right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn't just LOL- it's really .. upsetting and disgusting"

By Salon Staff
Published November 2, 2014 1:17AM (EDT)
Lena Dunham                       (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Lena Dunham (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Lena Dunham fired back at the National Review and a right-wing news site called Truth Revolt on Saturday after they quoted sections of her memoir "Not That Kind of Girl" and alleged that she had committed "sexual abuse " of her younger sister.

The anecdote in question involves a story Dunham tells in the book from when she was seven years old and, while playing in the family driveway, checked to see if her one-year-old sister's vagina looked the same as hers.

The National Review piece described scenes from the book as "some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions" and "the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections."

Here's how Dunham responded:

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The Truth Revolt piece also contained a whopper of an error, first alleging that this happened when Dunham was 17, not seven. It was later corrected.

A Twitter firestorm ensued:

There was nasty political outrage from the usual sources:

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And immediate comparisons to a very different story:

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But there were also more complicated and nuanced conversations:

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