If Lena Dunham had any say, there would be a list of words the media would be banned from using when describing a female candidate — specifically Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
During an interview Sunday, the comedian and actress, who has stumped for Clinton in New Hampshire and Iowa, told Variety magazine that the media is “rabidly sexist” in its portrayal of Clinton. She asserted that words such as “difficult” or “inaccessible” should not be used by media when describing female politicians.
“The way that Hillary Clinton has been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal,” Dunham said. “The adjectives, whether it’s attacks on her personal life or the adjectives that are used to describe her clothing, we have to do a full re-examination.”
“Like, I literally want to make a list that we hand to media outlets that says these are the words you can’t use when you’re describing a female candidate: shrill, inaccessible, difficult, frumpy, plastic,” the “Girls” star continued. “I mean, there’s just a list of words that if we were allowed to talk about male candidates like that, I’d have a f***ing field day. I’d enjoy my life so much.”
Dunham has been critical of GOP candidates, including Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s “condescending misogyny” as well as his hair style.
Donald Trump's condescending misogyny is now a more trademark feature than his 'do: http://t.co/VpYB2if7oY
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 29, 2015
According to a report in the New York Times last week, Dunham privately expressed her discomfort over the allegations of how Clinton and her husband treated women who accused the former president of sexual assault or misconduct. Several people who were in attendance at the dinner party relayed her message to the newspaper, but Dunham’s spokesperson has denied that she made any such remarks.
Dunham has appeared multiple times on the campaign trail for Clinton — often in intricate Hillary-inspired outfits.