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Lena Dunham Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Shut Down Weight Conversation

Lena Dunham Weight Response
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On the topic of body-shaming, Lena Dunham has delivered a seemingly final statement.

The Girls creator, who’s routinely spoken out against body-shaming trolls, was inspired by a recent Refinery 29 piece called “People Need to Stop Talking About Lena Dunham’s Weight.” The story explored how Dunham’s attempt to get fit somehow registered with fans as a betrayal of body-acceptance narratives, and in a supplementary Instagram post, Dunham moved to shut down the conversation completely.

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 shits 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 FUCK IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit 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

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“I feel I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I don’t give even the tiniest of sh–s what anyone else feels about my body,” she wrote. “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.”

Dunham added that she has no intention of changing her body severely, and urged followers to reject the notion that every exercise journey is a means to execute the perfect “before/after” story.

“I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented,” Dunham noted.

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