Is It Hypocritical For Some Liberals To Defend Lena Dunham While Speaking Against Josh Duggar?

duggar-dunhamBefore I voice my opinion, I feel it’s important that I post a couple of passages from a book for everyone to read, as I feel it’s vital that everyone thinks about and processes this before moving forward:

As she grew, I took to bribing her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a “motorcycle chick.” Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just “relax on me.” Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl, I was trying. Maybe, I thought, she would be more willing to accept kisses if I wore the face mask my grandmother had for when she did her dialysis. (The answer was no.) What I really wanted, beyond affection, was to feel that she needed me, that she was helpless without her big sister leading her through the world. I took a perverse pleasure in delivering bad news to her—the death of our grandfather, a fire across the street—hoping that her fear would drive her into my arms, would make her trust me.

And here’s another:

I shared a bed with my sister, Grace, until I was seventeen years old. She was afraid to sleep alone and would begin asking me around 5:00 P.M. every day whether she could sleep with me. I put on a big show of saying no, taking pleasure in watching her beg and sulk, but eventually I always relented. Her sticky, muscly little body thrashed beside me every night as I read Anne Sexton, watched reruns of SNL, sometimes even as I slipped my hand into my underwear to figure some stuff out.

Those are two passages from Lena Dunham’s book, Not That Kind of Girl. The first is a story she told from when she claims to be seven years old, while the second, obviously, was from when she was seventeen. Oh, and for the record, her sister, Grace, is six years younger than she is.


Yet, many liberals I’ve come across – and liberal websites – feverishly defended Dunham last fall when people were criticizing her for her actions involving her sister.

Now, is what she did the same as what Josh Duggar did? No, absolutely not. But it’s still sexually perverse all the same. There’s a line between young childhood curiosity and a disturbing pattern of behavior that lasted into her teens.

What if Josh Duggar wrote a book detailing his accounts of being seventeen, fondling himself next to a sibling lying in the same bed? Never mind that Dunham’s sister was eleven when this happened, that would be extremely disturbing behavior no matter what age she was. But, if Duggar had wrote about that, would liberals have come out to defend him? Would liberals defend his admission that at seven years of age he seemed to get kicks out of disgustingly exploiting a toddler?

Hell no, because that’s perverse.

Dunham didn’t just “explore,” as some children do, she used calculated plans much in the same way a predator would. Heck, she even admits that. Then when you factor in that she seemed to have no issues pleasuring herself while her much younger sister slept right next to her in bed, it’s clear that this attitude wasn’t just “youthful curiosity” because she carried it with her into her late teenage years.

Again, I’m not saying the situations between Duggar and Dunham are exactly alike. But that doesn’t mean both didn’t commit sexually perverse acts with or around a sibling (or multiple ones in Duggar’s situation) who were of a very young age.

So, yes, when some yahoo like Sarah Palin calls some liberals hypocrites for defending Dunham while aggressively going after Duggar, they’re unfortunately partially right. While the Duggar story is clearly disturbing on many levels (and obviously worse than Dunham’s), that doesn’t mean Dunham’s behavior should have been defended.

Something being “not as disgusting” as something that’s really disgusting doesn’t suddenly make the first one “acceptable.”

And just like the Duggar sisters who defended their brother, Grace Dunham defended her sister.


When liberals first came across the Dunham story, they could have simply “punted” instead of trying to defend her behavior. But, because conservatives were going after her, apparently that meant liberals had to defend her. Much in the same way some conservatives have ridiculously come out to defend Duggar after liberals went after him.

What’s my opinion on all of this? Personally, I find both the Josh Duggar and Lena Dunham admissions extremely disturbing and disgusting. Honestly, I can’t stand the sight of either one of them. And that has nothing to do with politics, because none of this should be about politics. This shouldn’t be a liberal media vs. Fox News battle. It has to do with the fact that I feel they both harbored some really sick and perverted desires toward younger siblings that they acted out on in one way or another.

But when it comes to the opinion I’ve seen that at least some of the liberal media showed hypocrisy by going after Duggar while defending Dunham, in my opinion, it’s somewhat valid.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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