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White women have a legacy of protecting white men, even if it means hindering their own progress and especially when it means gaslighting Black women.

[TW- mention of sexual assault.] Men who attack and harass women, other men, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people live in our social circles. It’s a culture and it’s unavoidable but when we find out that someone we know has acted poorly or worse, generally, they are no longer invited out with the gang. Unless you’re Lena Dunham in which case you just claim, “insider knowledge” and accuse the victim of being part of the 3% of made up claims. Before you slide up in my Twitter mentions with your outrage, I know that Dunham issued a statement apologizing for her earlier remarks. We’re going to talk about that too and lay out why it compounds the bullshit of the original issue.

The Problem with Her First Statement

https://twitter.com/lenadunham/status/931672937308057600 When Murray Miller was accused of raping (not just inappropriate sexual comments or touching but sexual assault) of a then 17-year-old actress, Aurora Perrineau, who happens to be a woman of color. Dunham came forward to say that she supports her friend alluding to some “behind the scenes information.” When the accused were not in her circle, she was quick to “stand with victims” and denounce the bad behavior. As soon as it was one of her friends — Miller works as a writer on her show, Girls — suddenly things aren’t so black and white. It is difficult to ignore the racial dynamics of Dunham’s statements, Perrineau is a biracial Black woman, one of the few to have made an appearance on Girls and for Dunham, who is white, to protect a cisgender white man adds layers to the racialization of rape and rape culture. White women have a legacy of protecting and electing white men, even if it means hindering their own progress. The misogynoir runs deep. This is made worse by Dunham’s position in the world. She is a well-known “feminist” actor and author. She is influential and many women see her as a voice to be listened to. Right or wrong, this is the place that Dunham occupies in our media landscape.  
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I dare not praise this exciting episode’s success without bowing down to the women played in it.

By Rachael Edwards [Warning: spoilers ahead] A girl is still recovering from last night’s Season 7  premiere of "Game of Thrones". My voice is hoarse from screaming every other scene, and my edges have fallen off from how flawlessly this show can juggle fifteen thousand storylines. Historically, GoT’s represented women as strong, but still disposable. With heavy criticism from fans who watched women characters being sexually and physically abused, the show seems to be taking a 360 degree turn, redeeming these characters with esteem and in-depth storylines. I dare not praise this exciting episode’s success without bowing down to the women played in it. 1. Arya Stark: The opening scene is Lord Walder Frey giving a toast to the men that aided him during the Red Wedding. The men raise their glasses and take a drink. Lord Frey, visibly, does not. He talks to them about how they killed all the Starks, save one. All of a sudden we see the men who took a drink begin to choke and grumpy ass Frey peels his face off  and well damn, it’s fucking Arya. Fuck her damn hitlist - Arya is not just going out for key players, this girl time to take out their supporters. Was I the only one who cackled when she met up with (peasant) Sheeran and crew and she told them she was going to kill Cersei?  They thought she was kidding. I’m dying to see what more damage she is going to do to her enemies. 2. Sansa Stark: Sansa, you’re doing amazing sweetie. I almost threw my drink when she talked all over her brother, Jon Snow, when they were trying to sort out what to do with the Houses who betrayed (deceased) Robb Stark, the war in the  South, and the arrival of winter. I’m just going to get it out of the way and say that women should talk over men like they talk over us all the damn time. Brava, sis. She even shut down Littlefinger when he tried to whisper bitternothings into her ear about her right to be Queen of the North. I live! 3. Lyanna Mormont: I said this before and I’ll say it again, Lyanna might just make me believe white women can do this feminism thing right. Instead of rallying behind a Scarlett Johanssen–white women need to cape and learn from House Mormont. Lyanna was involved in what seemed to be a community forum with Jon Snow. When I tell you she got those older folks together! She’s stern and no one questions her judgement. She is defying the conventional notions of age and sound judgement.  Lyanna will always have the final word, and who gon’ check her? 4. Brienne of Tarth: I always have to collect myself when Brienne walks into scene. Her character is bae-incarnate. When she is not trying to help poor Podrick learn how to fight, she is right behind Sansa ready to snatch anyone who dares to harm her. This season, Brienne is in charge of protecting Sansa. Brienne came through with the, “Why is he [Littlefinger]  still here?” It reminds me of when your friend just broke up with her boyfriend, but he’s still coming over to pick up the rest of his *things* and you have to check her asking him why he’s still there. Brienne is that girl who is going to hold you accountable.
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