Lena Dunham Criticizes The Media’s Coverage Of Hillary Clinton As ‘Rabidly Sexist’

01.25.16 4 years ago 28 Comments

Lena Dunham is at the Sundance Film Festival promoting a documentary she produced, and also talking about how “rabidly sexist” media coverage of Hillary Clinton is.

In a Variety video which you can watch above, Dunham uses the “rabidly sexist” phrase in this quote: “The way that Hillary Clinton’s been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal. Whether it’s the attacks on her personal life or the adjectives that are used to describe her clothing, we have to do a full reexamination.”

These comments may seem counter to the anonymously-sourced earlier report that Dunham was concerned about how the Clintons discredited women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them. However, to be fair, Dunham’s camp has said that those sources mischaracterized what she actually said. And it’s hard to say that Dunham doesn’t have a point, because Clinton has faced sexist treatment throughout her political career.

Dunham also says in the Variety video that if we were allowed to describe male candidates with words like “shrill” and “frumpy,” then “I’d have a f*cking field day.” Remember when Ana Marie Cox tried to do that with Bernie Sanders and his haircut? I bet she would agree.

(via Variety)

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