While there are many questions surrounding this situation and this book, what is not at question is the fact that the story, as described by Lena, is a narrative of a child being sexually abused. We can not give Lena Dunham a pass because she has a hit show, she is a woman, or she and her family are artistic. We must not make allowances for any “normalization” of sexual abuse. We must always stand up in the face of child abuse and predatory behavior, and call it exactly what it is.Today I was interviewed on NewsmaxTV's MidPoint with Ed Berliner about the power dynamic when you have children who are more than five years apart in age, the systematic predatory behavior Dunham recounts, and how important it is not to normalize child sexual abuse in any way.
A quick note about The New Agenda Organization, in case you haven't heard about the work they are doing. The New Agenda is focused on improving the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, workplace, schools, and at home. They seek to achieve safety and opportunity for all women by addressing issues which unite us, and by advancing women into leadership roles.
I've been a member of The New Agenda Think Tank since 2012, and it has been such a rewarding experience. Our members come from different backgrounds, and have differing political views, but we are all committed to promoting women and women's issues. It gives me hope in a country that is increasingly divided to see us working together and transcending the Republican and Democratic boxes that the media and culture try to lock us into. When you come at issues with a narrow focus, asking "What is good for women?" there is so much that can be accomplished. I'm proud to be even a small part of that.