By Robin Lempel
Lena Dunham faced some major backlash after she released her book "Not that Kind of Girl." From people saying she lied about being raped to people accusing her of acting inappropriately with her sister, Dunham squared off with some of the worst internet trolls. And we all know how terrible the internet can be.
So, what did Dunham do to finally make all the noise go away? She got rid of the Twitter app on her phone.
“I deleted Twitter because I wanted to create a safer space for myself emotionally,” she told Ryan Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet. “People, like, threaten me and tell me what a cow I am.”
While Dunham still has Twitter, and it is reportedly managed by her assistant, her decision to get rid of the app and take a step back is huge. Let’s be honest: Dunham has faced hate about everything from her show, to her body, to her decisions to show nudity and sex on "Girls."
Unfortunately, none of this trolling is surprising. At all. As Mic noted, a recent YouGov poll said that 72% of trolling victims are women. On top of that, a Pew study found that 50% of women have been called offensive names and have been verbally abused online.
Dunham is really a higher-profile case of a bigger problem. “It’s a very, very painful thing to share an episode that personal and receive criticism," she said. "But what I received was only a small percentage of the doubt and victim blaming that most women who are sexually assaulted in this country experience. You know, I am a celebrity with a platform and a lot of incredible support. Most women who come forward with accusations of sexual assault don’t have those benefits – don’t have my legal and emotional and financial supports...I really feel like it enhanced my understanding of the cause, and will hopefully make me a better advocate and activist in the future.”
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