Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner announce newsletter Lenny
Whether she’s sharing her views on marriage in The New Yorker or empowering sexual assault victims by discussing her personal experiences, Lena Dunham makes no secret of her opinions. Now, fans will be able to read Dunham’s thoughts in her upcoming email newsletter, Lenny.
According to Lenny’s site, the newsletter will tackle “feminism, style, health, politics, friendship and everything else from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.” At an event celebrating Lenny, Dunham added that Lenny will aim to reach “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also want to know, like, where to buy the best tube top for summer that isn’t going to cost your entire paycheck,” according to BuzzFeed.
Dunham and Konner will fund the project themselves before advertisers and e-commerce partners join in. Though Dunham has received massive criticism on the Internet, the Girls star told BuzzFeed she wants Lenny to remind people that “the Internet has the power to take you into quiet places — something we don’t usually use it for.”
Lenny also hopes to create an expansive, all-inclusive conversation on feminism, and provide young women with relatable stories on female friendships, gender identity and women in the workplace.
“Women spend so much time trying to align themselves with an image in the media that they can’t match,” Dunham told the site, “that their hostility towards themselves and others becomes overwhelming.”
And while Dunham doesn’t mind the “pop-culturization of feminism,” she wants women interested in both political debate and fashion to form their own brand of feminism with Lenny’s help.
“I’m thrilled to see Beyoncé standing in front of the word ‘feminism.’ How can that hurt us?” Dunham said. “But at the same time, it turns into a misunderstanding in which people think of feminism as ‘It’s feminist because I’m a woman and I’m doing it.’ And that’s not how it works.”
Lenny will be available in September. Sign up here.