Lena Dunham: Reading Gawker and Jezebel is “like going back to a husband who …

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‘Never say never!’ Lena Dunham confirms sixth season of Girls will be the last… but leaves the door open for show to return.

Lena Dunham has spoken out before about her abusive relationship with Twitter, and on a recent podcast with Kara Swisher, the controversial “Girls” co-creator explained that the environment online has gotten so toxic that she now uses someone else to Tweet for her. “I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me,” Dunham told Swisher. The 29-year-old described being bombarded by misogynistic comments after posting a photograph of herself in her boyfriend’s underwear on Instagram during a discussion on Re/Code Radio. “It turned into the most rabid, disgusting comments about my body, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,” she recalled.’Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now,’ Dunham told Elvis Duran on Tuesday, as reported by the Huffington Post. Dunham praised the approach taken by the classicist Mary Beard, who responded to trolls on Twitter and even met one for lunch to discuss what motivated them to send abusive tweets, but said she did not have the energy to do the same. “I tweet, but I do it through someone else,” she explained. “I don’t have any access to [my account].

The Emmy Award-winning hit show will air its fifth season this January and the 29-year-old actress said they are already looking at the sixth season as their last. While this chapter may be closing Dunham is already working on her next project as she released a free weekly feminist newsletter that includes advice and personal essays as a guide to the modern woman called Lenny Letter.

Dunham also noted that she no longer visits Gawker and Jezebel, likening reading the publications to domestic abuse. “I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, ‘I can’t wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me.’ And it’s like, it’s literally, if I read it, it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face — it just doesn’t make any sense.” Gawker Media came under fire recently (from both its own management and outside critics) for its often-arbitrary cruelness, and their attacks an Dunham are examples of the site at its toothiest: Last January, Jezebel released unretouched shots from Dunham’s Vogue shoot (which Dunham called “gross” and “a monumental error in their approach to feminism,”) in December they ran a post attempting to unmask her college rapist, while in 2012 they leaked her book proposal for “Not That Kind of Girl.” When Dunham’s lawyer asked them to take down the quotes, they responded by appending commentary deriding the “‘I workshopped it at Oberlin’ level of quality” and “nauseating and cloying posture of precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.” I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you’re suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way.

There is no other answer (except Calvins… Nothing gets between us.) The creator and star of hit show Girls has admitted she’s stopped using Twitter completely after being subjected to an onslaught of horrendous abuse. The actress, who is dating guitarist Jack Antonoff (a member of the band Fun), says being constantly exposed to such negativity can create ‘cancerous stuff inside you’.

Lena wasn’t prepared for the reaction the seemingly non-offensive snap received and worries about the impact some of the comments could have on her fans. ‘I don’t want them seeing a picture of me in my boyfriend’s boxers and then be told I’m obese and anyone who looks like me is repulsive and I deserve to be dragged around and smacked,’ she added. The star still receives a huge amount of abuse on her Instagram page every time she posts a picture, but says she prefers the service as it’s more immediate and she doesn’t read the comments any more.

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