Dun­ham’s hard les­sons

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Lena Dun­ham has had a bru­tal year, said Al­li­son Davis in New

York mag­a­zine. Once cel­e­brated as “a voice of a gen­er­a­tion,” as her char­ac­ter on HBO’s Girls mem­o­rably put it, Dun­ham has been dis­missed as a white, priv­i­leged celebrity by so­cial jus­tice ac­tivists and crit­i­cized by both the Right and Left for her provoca­tive state­ments on race, sex, and pol­i­tics. “Yeah, I’m not for every­one,” says Dun­ham, 32. She re­cently texted her ex-boyfriend to ask, “How does it feel to have dated some­one ev­ery­body hates?” When Girls wrapped after six sea­sons, her re­la­tion­ships on set were “shabby at best” and “frac­tured at worst,” she says. “Maybe my fame made me im­pos­si­ble to be close to.” The daugh­ter of “lib­eral provo­ca­teurs” in the New York art scene, Dun­ham used to shock for sport. Now she’s learn­ing to bite her tongue on sen­si­tive is­sues like #MeToo. “My voice,” she says, “isn’t needed.” Her per­sonal life has been no less dif­fi­cult; en­dometrio­sis caused her so much pain she elected to have her uterus re­moved. “It’s re­ally amaz­ing, in points of ex­treme dis­tress, how things you thought were non­nego­tiable start to be­come ne­go­tiable,” she says. “I thought I would do any­thing to have a kid nat­u­rally. Turned out that wasn’t true.”

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