Lena Dunham, queen of sticking her foot in her mouth, pissed a whole bunch of people off when she said she wishes she'd had an abortion on her podcast on December 14. This particular episode of "Women of the Hour" had a ton of useful information about abortions and being pro-choice, but it was all overshadowed by the self-sabotaging and incredibly tone-deaf comment Dunham made that many are calling a "slap in the face" to women who have actually had abortions.
Here is the context in which Dunham made the comment.
"One day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions. I sort of jumped. 'I haven’t had an abortion,' I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion. And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department. I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me then to realize I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage. Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.
Both liberals and conservatives were outraged about the comment, so in a weird way, Lena Dunham actually brought us all together?
Dunham, who is an activist, writer and actor, most likely meant that she wishes she could directly relate to the women for which she often advocates. But you know what? Defending Dunham's poor choice of words is tiring, and so I am not going to do it! The Girls creator needs to learn that her it is her words and not always her intentions that get through to people. To be an effective activist, she needs to start choosing them more wisely.
If you want to listen to the podcast for yourself, click "play" below.