In her debut memoir Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham offers a candid glimpse of her childhood, including memories of the time a 7-year-old Dunham "carefully spread open" her one-year-old sister's vagina and bribed her sister to kiss her -- behavior for which she jokingly likens herself to a "child predator." A media fury soon broke out at this passage, with right-wing website Truth Revolt parsing apart Dunham's writing and arguing that she was guilty of sexual abusing her sister.
The "Girls" star has since apologized for any harm her words have caused (and has also threatened legal action against Truth Revolt), but child psychologist Dr. Kate Roberts says Dunham's childhood behavior is nothing unusual, shocking or harmful.
"I think children in general tend to explore each other's bodies, and it's not something that we talk about or embrace as a culture, so I don't think it's necessarily atypical, especially in the context of the whole book," she told HuffPost Live on Thursday.
Dr. Samantha Rodman, also a child psychologist -- and a mother -- agreed.
"This is something really frequent," she said. "Kids are very curious about their siblings. They're curious about their genitals. They're curious about their bodies. They're just curious. I think that this is within the realm of normal."
Hear more from Dr. Rodman and Dr. Roberts in the clip above, and check out the full HuffPost Live conversation here.
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