Dear Lena Dunham

 

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Dear Lena Dunham,

I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised at all. It’s almost laughable to think people still wholeheartedly support and like this woman when she is the reigning queen of white feminism. She’s played a pivotal role in the popularization and general acceptance of the idea that white feminist women can never be in the wrong, regardless how problematic or how obviously they’re in the wrong. Her latest attempt at failing the same women she’s sworn herself to protect is just another in a list of complete and utter feminist failures that she can now put on her award shelf. Failures that she consciously backs up and finds excuses to justify.

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Look at this way, how could a woman who’s spent a large part of her career saying she’s an ally and a defender of abused women so easily discredit the claims of a woman who accused a man of rape. Is there now some special Lena Dunham pass on sexual assault? Does criminal activity not apply to Lena and her friends? Apparently not. Lena has barricaded herself so comfortably behind the shield of white feminism that her fans and Lena herself is convinced that the things she and her friends do are beyond the realm of the law. And as a branch of her own belief that she is free from guilt, those who follow her career as fans have been conditioned to believe that she is free from guilt as well.

Look back at her earlier controversy where she confesses to “exploring her sister’s genitals, bribing her sister with candy in exchange for kisses, and masturbating whilst lying next to her younger sister when she was a child.” Fortunately for Lena, many of her peers, fans, and even child psychologists came to her side claiming what she did was not sexual abuse. Any moral person can understand that the constant exploration of a family member’s genitals as well as masturbating beside a child that has no idea what she’s witnessing, and bribing her with candy for kisses is blatant sexual abuse. However, Lena’s shield of feminism allows her to describe her abuse as mere childhood sexual explorations. And the worst part is she’s excused and celebrated by those around her. Celebrated for being outspoken on taboo issues while being a direct contributor to those taboo subjects. To see this woman gain praise for acting out of line with her sister then blatantly come to the rescue of her friend after he’d been accused of raping a woman is vile. You simply cannot support a woman who thinks that just because she’s known someone for years doesn’t mean they’re incapable of carrying out a sexual assault. Or does it simply come down to the fact that having rape allegations made against one of her own simply doesn’t fit her progressive brand, and this is her way of nipping a problem in the bud? In the end, rape is rape. And if you chose to dismiss the allegations made against your buddies and continue to excuse and deny your own, then you are the problem in today’s society. And that’s just the tea sis.

Dear… Donna Karan

Dear Donna Karan…

You’re cancelled. On behalf of anyone and everyone in the fashion industry, as well as the millions of women who have purchased and felt empowered by your clothing, you’re cancelled. On behalf of abuse victims, assault victims, and rape victims around the world, you’re cancelled. On behalf of everything that is righteous and pure in the world, you’re cancelled. Anything you choose to do from here on in has no value to the world, as well as everything you’ve done in the past carries no value. Why? Because it seems that the same women you aimed to empower with your clothing all those years ago, the same women who gave you your title and career, carry no value to you.

It’s baffling to see how a woman whose life mantra was empowerment for women, could so easily dismiss the claims made by women who only want to seek empowerment and justice for themselves and for the countless other women who fell to the disgusting hands of Harvey Weinstein. How could a woman who knows the brutality of finding success in the male-driven world of fashion so easily place the blame on women? On the same women who supported your success and contributed to it? It’s a shame to see that someone who could have been an ally to these women, whose mantra could have been to Weinstein’s victims support and a source of reassurance that they will get through this and that their attacker will be met with justice. It’s a shame to see her take the side of the villain and sow the seed of doubt by putting the blame on his victims and not crucify her BFF for what he’s done.

And how funny it is that 2 weeks later, Ms. Karan is now singing a different tune. Begging those around her to forgive her careless words as a mere misunderstanding in a tumultuous time. However, the truth of the matter is that life isn’t that simple anymore. Today’s society has enough sense to know that certain things are not so easily forgiven. And stating that “women who dress a certain way had it coming” isn’t something that should be easily forgiven. What if some of those women were wearing designs from one of your collection when they were attacked? Would that be inappropriate to you? Or would it be something you sweep under the rug in the way you want everyone to sweep what you said under the rug? Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way anymore. Times are changing Ms. Karan. In the same way that Harvey won’t be able to escape his fate, neither will you. That’s all.