Lena Dunham, tl;dr: making money from selling off aborted baby parts is great, but making money from consensual sex should get you thrown in jail.
Dunham and a host of other Hollywood elites, including Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet, are protesting Amnesty International’s recent announcement that they support the decriminalization of consensual sex work.
Amnesty International's decision comes as part of a lengthy report, the group’s "Draft Policy on Sex Work,” which concluded that “Approaches that categorise all sex work as inherently nonconsensual actively disempower sex workers; denying them personal agency and autonomy and placing decision-making about their lives and capacity in the hands of the state.”
While the report cautions that Amnesty International still vigorously opposes all sex work that relies on human trafficking or any sort of coercion, it argues that making all sex work illegal can often have unintended negative consequences, harming already-disadvantaged women, and can “limit sex workers’ ability to organise and to access protections which are available to others (including under labour laws or health and safety laws)."
Dunham and co., meanwhile, have all signed a letter chiding Amnesty International for this report, over which they are “deeply troubled.”
"[We are] deeply troubled by Amnesty’s proposal to adopt a policy that calls for the decriminalization of pimps, brothel owners and buyers of sex — the pillars of a $99 billion global sex industry,” the letter, which has been signed by over 400 persons and organizations, reads.
It goes on to claim that, by supporting the decriminalization of brothels and sex work, they will be effectively supporting “a system of gender apartheid.”
In other words, women who get paid to take their clothes off and have sex on HBO want to criminalize the livelihood of other women who take their clothes off and have sex…because…wait, sorry, the logic is still escaping me.
(h/t Hollywood Reporter)