Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO's "Girls," alleged that the media is "rabidly sexist" in its coverage of Hillary Clinton.
"The way that Hillary Clinton’s been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal," she told Variety
on Sunday. "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."
"If we were allowed to talk about male candidates like that, I’d have a f***ing field day," she added. "Like, I literally want to make a list that we hand to media outlets that says, like, 'These are the words you can’t use when describing a female candidate.'"
The comments echoed past assertions Dunham has made at Clinton's campaign events.
"The way she has been treated is just more evidence of the fact that our country has so much hatred toward successful women," she said at a recent Clinton campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, The New York Times reported
The Times reported that while Dunham has publicly endorsed Clinton, she recently "told the guests at the Park Avenue apartment of Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, that she was disturbed by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies discredited women who said they had had sexual encounters with or been sexually assaulted by former President Bill Clinton."
Dunham, a fervent Clinton ally, has been one of the few outspoken feminists who've offered no public skepticism or reservations about the former First Lady.
"It’s not about Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes," said Camille Paglia, a feminist author, professor, and Bernie Sanders supporter, according to The Times. "It’s about Hillary Clinton’s behavior towards her husband’s accusers for all those years."
Kathrine Timpf of National Review took great issue with Dunham's comments.
"Dunham’s comment actually sounds more sexist than feminist," she wrote
Monday. "Saying that only female candidates would be so weak and helpless as to need this kind of special treatment is, to me, far more offensive than any media portrayal could possibly be."
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