Dear Planned Parenthood, please #DropDunham

(trigger warning: sexual abuse) I’ve been spending the past few days reading, tweeting, and generally being upset about Lena Dunham’s abuse revelations–and the way that a certain corner of the feminist internet has responded by defending her, normalizing her actions, and accusing her critics of being right-wingers who either have an agenda or are jealous of her success. Some good background and analysis can be found here, here, here, and here.

I’ve been especially flabbergasted that Planned Parenthood Federation of America is continuing to use Dunham as a spokesperson. Last night, I took part in the #DropDunham hashtag on Twitter, started by Deva (@CatsBaril), which asked PP to remove Dunham as its spokesperson; this morning, I wrote an email to its president, Cecile Richards. If you want to join the conversation, you can email her at Cecile.Richards at PPFA dot org, or tweet to @ppfa using the #DropDunham hashtag. My letter is beneath the jump: Continue reading