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. 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. If I had a penny for all of the sexual organs I looked at as a child, I'd be rich.
FIVE OF THE BEST IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION
We like to think of school as a place where young people are safe, and of home as a place of refuge, but the reality is far more serious. A few months ago, in a school workshop session about sexism, gender stereotypes and future aspirations, I asked a group of children aged 13 and 14 how their lives might be different if they were the opposite sex. I expected some illuminating responses about clothes and hobbies, socially expected behaviours, perhaps likes and dislikes. They described crossing the street when they saw groups of men, avoiding certain routes home after dark, and taking preventative measures to avoid being raped. One girl described gripping her hockey stick like a weapon on her way home from practice. We are used to the upsetting truth that women practice constant vigilance to protect themselves from harassment, abuse and assault. But it was devastating to hear the same reality voiced by such young girls. After some of them had spoken, I asked all the girls in the room to raise their hands if they had had similar thoughts about safety issues, or adjusted their behaviour because of these sorts of concerns. Almost every hand was raised.
By Eric Spitznagel. January 11, pm Updated January 14, pm. Mason, a former college football player from suburban Milwaukee, was almost 20 years old when he lost his virginity.
It had all these pictures of celebrities on their winter holidays in St Barts in bikinis and their different body parts were picked out with red circles highlighting their muffin tops and their cellulite and I looked over at the next table and there was a girl eating a muffin. It was just incredibly vivid so I got out my notebook and started writing. Many women make a correlation between moral worth and weight and I really wanted to explore that. This is a healthy and positive way to be a girl. Her books are equally unflinching about life in the social media age. Am I prettier? Do boys like me more?