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Lena Dunham: ‘I’m Not Handing in My Feminist Card’ Because I Lost Weight

Posted on the 21 March 2017 by Sumithardia

You guys know I don’t care for Lena Dunham’s “look at me, don’t you dare look at me, LOOK AT ME, you’re so sexist for looking at me” antics. She used to do that all the time – she would step out in the worst, most unflattering styles and parade herself in front of cameras, then she would be absolutely shocked and appalled that someone had an opinion about how she looked or what she was wearing. To be fair, she outgrew that a few years ago, but we were due for another outbreak like a bad rash. Over the past week. Lena stepped out for two events – the opening of Tracy Anderson’s new studio, and the Human Rights Gala in LA. She looked noticeably slimmer at both events. She even talked about her new approach to her weight, fitness and health in general at the Tracy Anderson event. Tracy is her trainer and she told People Magazine that she went to Tracy because of her (Lena’s) endometriosis, chronic pain and more.
While most of the headlines I saw on major media outlets were along the lines of “Lena shows off her newly trim figure,” there were some shadier and meaner headlines. So Lena decided to post a message to her Instagram about body-shaming and more. She posted the Refinery29 headline of “People Need to Stop Talking About Lena Dunham’s Weight,” and this is what she wrote:
Thank you for this @Refinery29. I feel I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I don’t give even the tiniest of sh-ts what anyone else feels about my body. I’ve gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I’ve done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I’ve accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa.
I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU. Right now I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME–at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I’m doing with it, I’m not handing in my feminist card to anyone.
So thank you to my girl @ashleygraham for writing so gorgeously about this on @lennyletter (link in bio). Thank you to @tracyandersonmethod for teaching me that exercise has the power to counteract my pain and anxiety, and to @jennikonner for being my partner in F–K IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullsh-t before-and-after pictures. Don’t we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much love to all
my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena
[From Lena’s Instagram]
The thing is, I feel similarly about my weight, but I hate that my shared life/weight philosophy is somehow “clapping back at haters” or whatever. Like, I don’t weigh myself, I work out to stay healthy and strong and I couldn’t give a sh-t about what you think of my body. But that’s just the thing – I truly don’t give a sh-t, so I’m not walking on red carpets, talking about my body or promoting a celebrity-trainer.
I understand that Lena feels like she’s a spokesperson for women in general, and yes, it’s incredibly annoying when celebrities lose some weight and they are celebrated for that, and I don’t have an issue with Lena calling that out. But it’s also too cute by half to not acknowledge that weight loss is a huge industry in which celebrity women (in particular) participate in and profit from. Lena was at the opening of Tracy Anderson’s latest studio – and Anderson is exactly the kind of a–hole who shames women for their bodies. I also feel like Lena is taking issue with people noticing that she simply lost weight. Like, it’s not sexist to say, “Oh, you lost weight, good for you!”

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

Source: celebitchy.com

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