Lena Dunham Explains How Kesha’s Dr. Luke Trial Impacts All Females, Beyond the Music Industry

Lena Dunham broadens the spotlight on Kesha’s case to illuminate a much larger societal issue.

The Girls creator addresses Kesha’s trial against Dr. Luke in a new post for the Lenny Letter in which she describes how her case impacts society’s discussion of women’s issues and sexual abuse.

“When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick. Actually sick — I wanted to ask my Uber to pull over so I could throw up in a New York City trash can,” writes Dunham. “What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.”

She fears that the judge’s ruling that binds Kesha to her ten-year contract will cause college-aged females to reconsider coming forward about their rapists given the media’s impact on the nation’s youth.

Dunham illustrates her point with this poignant metaphor.

“Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?”

She brings the injustice back to an error in human morality. “The human contract that says we will not hurt one another physically and emotionally,” she writes. “In fact, it’s so obvious that we usually don’t add it to our corporate documents.”

“It’s about more than whether Kesha can strap on her cool leotards and make another album, free from a man who she says terrifies her,” says Dunham. “It’s even about more than the systemic misogyny of the entertainment industry, or the way that women in music and film have long been controlled and coerced by abusive Svengalis and entities larger than themselves.”

The writer even reflects on the recurring issue throughout history, as seen in the instances of Ike and Tina Turner, and further issues that 20% of homeless women credit domestic violence as the cause for their status.

Among Dunham, Taylor Swift, and many more celebrities, Miley Cyrus showed her support for Kesha in a post on Instagram on Monday, Feb. 22.

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“The women in the music industry speaking out for Kesha are proof. And their words will reverberate, inspiring the young women watching them for clues about the good life to speak up too,” concludes Dunham. “Soon, no one will accept shame and fear as the status quo. And so, while Kesha is indefinitely silenced, her voice has never been louder.”

Read Dunham’s piece in its entirety over on lennyletter.com.