- Jill Filipovic: Lena Dunham's abortion comments were a mistake, but extreme reaction to them misses the point
- Targeting Dunham for being an imperfect feminist risks overlooking bigger threats and roadblocks to women, she says
Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and Nairobi and the author of the forthcoming book, "The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness." Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Last week, Lena Dunham told listeners of her podcast "Women of the Hour" that she wishes she had had an abortion. In context, she was talking about abortion stigma, and that when she was asked to share her abortion story, she had nothing to say, having never terminated a pregnancy. She felt some internalized stigma around the issue, worked through it, and "Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had."