Lena Dunham, Hillary Talk Feminism, Turning Bill Down
Unlikely duo will discuss student debt, women's health, and, yep, feminism
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2015 10:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's desire to connect with millennial women has led her to chat with Refinery29 on sexual assault and now to an interview with "queen of oversharing" Lena Dunham. The Girls star chatted earlier this month with the sometimes "overly scripted" Clinton in Manhattan in an interview that will go up on Dunham's LennyLetter.com digital newsletter on Tuesday, Politico reports. The odd conversational couple dishes on student debt, women's health, and, yes, feminism, Politico notes. Highlights, per Politico and People:

  • "Do you consider yourself a feminist?" Dunham asks. "Yes," Clinton replies. "Absolutely. I'm always a little bit puzzled when any woman of whatever age, but particularly a young woman, says something like, 'Well, I believe in equal rights, but I'm not a feminist.' Well, a feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights. I'm hoping that people will not be afraid to say that doesn't mean you hate men. … It just means that we believe that women have the same rights as men."

  • "Did you have anxiety about" marrying Bill Clinton, Dunham asks. Responds Clinton: "I was terrified about losing my identity and getting lost in the kind of wake of Bill’s force-of-nature personality," she told Dunham. "I actually turned him down twice when he asked me to marry him. ... And that was a large part of the ambivalence and the worry that I wouldn’t necessarily know who I was or what I could do if I got married to someone who was going to chart a path that he was incredibly clear about." She calls her eventual yes "a big leap of faith."
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