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The Excerpts That Might Ruin Lena Dunham's Book Tour

by Carla Cain Walther ,
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Does the media have it out for Lena Dunham?

Lena Dunham isn't exactly a media darling. Sure many female celebs are tripping over themselves to become her best friend, but her work has been criticised for being a bit out of touch and elitist. Yet, she continues to make enviable moves in her career, particularly snagging a nearly 4 million dollar book deal with Random House last year. The book of essays was published in September to much fanfare but her tour has taken a surprising turn for the WTF?

Just last night, Lena canceled another book tour appearance in Germany amidst a nasty claim that has gained traction over the weekend. She had backed out of an appearance in Belgium as well.

​In her debut book, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena reminisces on a few eyebrow raising experiences with her little sister, Grace. First off, Lena's a notorious oversharer so everyone expected her memoir to contain some controversial thoughts. However, some of what she decided to reveal to the world is a little personal.

She mentions that she would "casually masturbate" next to her sister when she was a teen and claimed to look at her sister's privates when she was seven because, Lena admits: "my curiosity got the best of me." In case you didn't know, Lena was forthcoming about the authenticity of her book. She said she used an unreliable narrator so no one really knows if these accounts are truly factual but judging by her reaction to the media outrage, I think they might be!

First Passage

"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."

Second Passage

"As [Grace] grew, I took to bribing her for 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 to do woo a small suburban girl I was trying. Maybe, I thought, she would be more willing to accept kisses if I wore the face mask my grandmother had for when she did her dialysis. (The answer was no.) What I really wanted, beyond affection, was to feel that she needed me, that she was helpless without her big sister leading her through the world."

Lena's Reaction

Now, I'm not going to play an armchair psychologist. Children are known for doing some weird things, especially when they're young and curious about their own bodies, and shouldn't it count that Lena's sister, Grace, finds the claims laughable? Nevertheless, Lena is really pissed off about how the media's treated these excerpts:

Do you think the media is seriously overreacting? Tweet us @sofeminineUK!

Carla Cain Walther
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