On Monday, writer, director and actress Lena Dunham cancelled upcoming book tour dates in response to the backlash from a report focusing on statements she made in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.  Writer Kevin D. Williamson  wrote in a National Review piece titled “Pathetic Privledge”:

Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”

He further states that admissions like this are “the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections.

Dunham quickly responded with a profanity-laced tirade on social media blaming right-wing media and “old men”, but then offered a curious explanation:

The entertainment industry is based upon publicity and attention with writer and actors presuming that their personal obsessions and neuroses are of deep fascination and perhaps even beneficial to potentially millions of people.  Dunham received a reported 3.7 million dollar book deal to write with her typically unapologetic style and confront her own history of growing up in an unusually privileged and artistically expressive environment.

Unfortunately for Dunham, Twitter followers were outraged by the stories and even her supporters responded in kind:


Lena Dunham is certainly an advocate of free speech based upon her own use of the amendment.  However, such speech based upon her own apparent embarrassment at her own disclosures is also covered.

So is pointing out the fact that Wikipedia defines child-on-child sexual abuse as “a form of child sexual abuse where a pre-pubescent child is sexually abused by one or more children or adolescent youths where no adult is directly involved. The term has been difined as sexual activity between children that occurs without consent, without equality or as a result of coercion.”

Dunham writes in her book that the incidents started when she was 7 years old and the last reported was when she was 17.