Lena Dunham, the lascivious HBO actress and celebrity Planned Parenthood spokeswoman has issued an “apology” after the massive blowup following revelations she wrote in her own book indicating she sexually molested her little sister. In one quote from the book, the prominent abortion activist essentially admits to sexually abusing her little sister.
In the “apology” released exclusively to Time magazine, Dunham doesn’t apologize for the way in which she molested her sister, but rather she is offended by the reaction to what she described in her book. Seemingly adding insult to injury, Dunham calls the tale of sexual abuse comical by saying she was using a “comic tone” to describe what she did.
First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.
Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.
As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.
It is doubtful that the “apology” will satisfy pro-life critics who have taken Dunham, and the Planned Parenthood abortion business for not removing her as a celebrity endorser, to task.
Writing in The Federalist, pro-life advocate Mollie Hemingway explains the Dunham-Planned Parenthood relationship and responds to the dust-up.
Right now, Planned Parenthood is selling a special t-shirt “designed by author, actor, director, producer” Lena Dunham in support of the electoral and political arm of country’s largest abortion provider. They are very excited about this.
In her new best-selling memoir “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’,” Planned Parenthood’s “It Girl” Dunham writes about how she sexually touched her younger sister, then a year old. So we’re on the same page, here are the excerpts of the book that have gotten the most attention:
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked. My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!” My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just got on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.
There’s also this:
As she grew, I took to bribing her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a “motorcycle chick.” Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just “relax on me.” Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl, I was trying.
I don’t really believe Dunham that her one-year-old sister placed pebbles in her vagina to prank an older sibling. I have children who were once babies and that seems completely beyond a one-year-old’s capabilities, on multiple levels. And I have a seven-year-old so I know that it’s an age where you absolutely know not to do what Dunham says she did. Further, the fact she had to bribe her sibling suggests she knew she was doing something wrong. Now, having said that, I don’t actually think that the genital molestation or even what Dunham herself describes as the behavior of a “sexual predator” are unforgivable sins. Particularly since it sounds like Dunham didn’t have much in the way of parental guidance or inculcation of morals.
What’s troubling, though, is not just that these things happened but the cavalier attitude Dunham has when she’s talking about them. This was just one of the things she did. Heck, Grace was basically asking for it, right? Why else “prank” her sister? And joking about sexual predation doesn’t suggest an understanding of the need to atone for such violations.
Planned Parenthood will not likely drop its association with Lena Dunham, and why should they? Who better embodies its mores — whether it’s doing whatever you want sexually no matter the consequences, tolerating abuse of minors, viewing other human beings as nothing more than an extension of you, and not caring whether victims of what you’re doing consent.
So great work, Planned Parenthood and Lena Dunham. You two are an absolutely perfect match.