Lena Dunham on sexism in Hollywood: No one thought Woody Allen was "a real perv"

The "Girls" star sat down with Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, Jenji Kohan and Emily Nussbaum to talk politics & sexism

Published January 26, 2015 5:58PM (EST)

Lena Dunham   (AP/Arthur Mola)
Lena Dunham (AP/Arthur Mola)

In the aptly named Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel at this year's Sundance Festival, moderator Emily Nussbaum hosted some political real talk between Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig and Jenji Kohan that turned to issues of reproductive justice, campus sexual assault and, as Dunham put it, "perv" Woody Allen. When asked to share what they consider their most dearly held political beliefs, Dunham raised the topics of reproductive healthcare and rape on college campuses before moving on to Allen:

The idea that women can't be complete and total citizens until they have complete and total control over the destiny of their bodies, and the idea that we're still fighting this fight 42 years after Roe vs. Wade... it's not just religious issue, it's not just a political issue, it's also a lot about class, and it's a lot about race, and it feeds into all these other forms of inequality and injustice that exist in our country.

In response to a separate question, Dunham highlighted the double standard she faces as a female writer and actress, who is often confused for being her character when male artists are reprieved:

At the end of the day, I don't think that Larry David or Woody Allen or anyone else playing some version of themselves is walking around with a million people who think they know and understand them on a deep and abiding level... I mean, Woody Allen is proof that people don't think that everything he says in his films is stuff that he does, because all he was doing was making out with 17-year-olds for years and we didn't say a word about it. ... No one went, "Oh, Woody Allen's making out with a 17-year-old in 'Manhattan,' I guess he's a real perv." And then, lo and behold...

Watch clips from the panel below, or watch the entire discussion here.

(h/t Jezebel)

By Jenny Kutner

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