Again in December, Lena Dunham stepped into controversy, which is like declaring “Lena Dunham breathed air” at this level. For what it’s value, I truly type of half-defended Lena on this explicit occasion, as a result of I understood the purpose she was making an attempt to make, even when she mentioned it in a bizarre and inelegant approach, let’s say. The controversy was about abortion, particularly the truth that Lena has by no means had an abortion and but she is a full-throated defender of a lady’s proper to decide on. She advised a narrative on her podcast about how she was requested to share her abortion expertise throughout an occasion at a Deliberate Parenthood in Texas. She claims that she received a bit bit judgy and wished everybody to know that she was “unblemished” in that regard, however when she considered it later, she realized that she was stigmatizing abortion simply as a lot because the anti-choice folks. So she declared: “I nonetheless haven’t had an abortion, however I want I had.”
Now Lena has a brand new interview with Time Magazine about Deliberate Parenthood and… I type of don’t hate it? It looks like she’s had such a steep studying curve, however she comes throughout as virtually mature and measured on this interview. Some highlights:
Whether or not a lady could be a feminist & anti-choice: “I by no means have an curiosity in defining every other lady’s feminism for them, however I do suppose it’s essential to recollect feminism is a set of political views born out of the concept that ladies ought to have sure important rights, whether or not it’s the fitting to vote, the fitting to personal property or the fitting to make choices about their very own our bodies. I additionally suppose an enormous a part of feminism is making room for different ladies to make selections you don’t essentially agree with. I’ve no drawback sitting down with somebody who feels that abortion shouldn’t be one thing that they might personally be capable of undergo with. I do suppose that while you step into the territory of making an attempt to restrict and management different ladies’s our bodies, to me that’s not a feminist act.”
Her “I want I had an abortion” remark: “I feel that the concept that individuals are going to state their opinions completely the primary time is simply an unrealistic expectation that’s positioned not simply on public figures however on everybody. It’s vital to have the ability to educate your self and absorb new info. And the very fact is, Deliberate Parenthood is a polarizing concern. It shouldn’t be, however it’s. So there isn’t going to be an ideal face of Deliberate Parenthood due to the quantity of individuals in America who merely don’t consider that girls ought to have possession and management over their very own our bodies. I acknowledge that I’m not all people’s cup of tea, however I may very well be as poised and effectively spoken as Princess Diana, and if this had been my perception system, I’d nonetheless be receiving threatening messages on the Web. Do I wish to be taught to talk higher and extra concisely and extra appropriately about each single side of reproductive freedom? In fact. Do I feel that there’ll ever be an ideal advocate of reproductive freedom? There can’t be.
She comes throughout effectively on this piece. I like her stance on feminism and selection, and the way she acknowledges lady may really feel that she couldn’t personally have an abortion, however when somebody’s perception system is made into regulation, that’s when issues get tough. Many Catholic ladies would by no means get an abortion, however nonetheless consider that everybody else ought to get to make their very own reproductive selections. That’s what Lena is saying. As for this: “I may very well be as poised and effectively spoken as Princess Diana, and if this had been my perception system, I’d nonetheless be receiving threatening messages on the Web.” Yeah. She’s proper. However she ought to acknowledge her personal function in that too – she’s stoked the look-at-me-I’m-so-controversial fires so many instances over time, and she or he’s being too cute by half if she thinks that her personal thirst and controversy-baiting haven’t added to narrative that folks at all times have to have an opinion on what she’s doing and saying.
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