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Dunham: ‘Condescending’ to say women only support Clinton for gender

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Actress Lena Dunham says she’s bothered by those who assume her support for Hillary Clinton is only due to “estrogen blindness.”
 
Speaking to a crowd of mostly women at an Iowa City coffee shop, Dunham on Saturday said it is “misogynistic” to assume women only support the Democratic presidential front-runner because of her gender, according to the Guardian.
 
{mosads}“Nothing gets me angrier than when someone implies I’m voting for Hillary Clinton simply because she’s female,” said Dunham, who is campaigning on Clinton’s behalf.
 
“[It’s] as if I have some feminist version of beer-goggles, let’s call it ‘estrogen blindness,’ and I just kind of walk like a zombie towards the nearest vagina,” she added.
 
“This assumption is condescending at best and is sharply misogynistic at worst.”
 
The “Girls” creator said she supports Clinton “because of her policies, because of her track record, because of her beliefs — and a little bit because of her pantsuits. But that’s my prerogative as a citizen.”
 
Dunham encouraged young women to turn out the vote in 2016, pointing to her regret at not becoming more involved in politics sooner.
 
“I’m embarrassed to say this, but it took me far too long to start voting,” she said. “I had been of legal age for more than four years before I cast my first vote in the 2008 presidential election.
 
“It’s not that I didn’t care, but I didn’t believe that me caring mattered,” she added. “It was impossible for me to comprehend that one young woman checking a box after waiting in a long line could matter on a national level.”
 
Dunham traveled around New Hampshire with World Cup-winning retired soccer player Abby Wambach on Friday to campaign for Clinton.
 
She also interviewed Clinton in the first issue of her “Lenny” newsletter last year.
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