Children often do not identify these things sexually, or have a sexual intent when exploring themselves and others.The intense and hateful puritanism that Lena Dunham has become victim of simply because she was curious about vaginas, and as an innocent child, no less, is disgusting.

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This week it came to light that when Lena Dunham was 7 years old, she looked at her little sister's vagina, and an alarming number of people have dubbed her a "child molester." She also did other things critics find offensive, like masturbate next to her sleeping sister and bribe her sister for affection (although the latter doesn't seem to be as much of a point of contention).

I'm shaking my head in disbelief as I write because I can't believe that such innocuous things have become the subject of so much vitriol.

Acting out sex with other props is art of a normal process not only for sexual discovery but for children interacting with the complex notions swirling around them on a daily basis.

I used to huddle with my girlfriends in the library and we'd read passages from the "naughty" parts of YA novels or look at pictures of genitals in medical books.

Little girls get sexually aroused too, but unlike men, who are able to tell stories of boners and masturbation publicly and with impunity, being a horny little girl is a dark and nasty secret that women have to carry around.

If my Barbie could talk, she'd have some stories to tell.

What a silly little boy child just trying to figure things out in this crazy old world!

Even when it comes to being a teen masturbating in the same room as someone else, boys are given a free pass.

Lena Dunham is certainly not someone whose work I seek out regularly — I am a fan insofar as she's a hardworking woman in a male dominated industry, but that's about it. I did a lot of weird things when I was trying to figure out what my vagina was, and what the strange tickle feeling that began happening between my legs meant.