According to Konner, the unnamed male producer/director “cornered” Dunham while she was at a restaurant and showed her a lewd photograph on his phone. He then asked her to convince an actress on his show to bare more skin on camera.
Konner used Dunham’s experience as a glaring example of the pervasive sexism in Hollywood.
“This is something a man felt compelled to say to a Golden Globe-winning actor, showrunner, and best-selling author who just happens to be female. So it’s easy to speculate what might be said to women working with him, under him, dependent on his approval,” she wrote.
It’s common, Konnor says, for people to automatically attempt to connect with Dunham on an otherwise inappropriate level because she is so frank about her body and her sexuality on TV. They seem to think it’s OK to approach her with comments or requests that cross the line of propriety.
Konnor also noted that respected male colleagues reacted to Dunham’s experience by saying the TV producer was drunk. “When women get drunk, they are asking for it. When men get drunk, they don’t mean it,” she wrote.
She closed the letter with a plea to women to speak up when they are victims of sexist behaviour, noting that the only thing preventing change is a lack of accountability on the part of men. “Our voices are our superpower,” she concluded.