PG: One of your most memorable moments is Sally’s sleepover at a friend’s house. She’s watching TV and starts masturbating to an actor on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” The friend’s mother catches her and sends Sally home to her mother, who is furious.
MW: We don’t have to talk about this. Are you O.K.?
KS: I’m fine with it.
PG: That, alone, is impressive. By the time we’re 40, we know that everyone gets caught in awkward situations. But childhood is isolating. And you were only 9 or 10 when you did that scene. How did you work on it?
MW: I told Erin about it. We always strived not to make Sally a fake TV kid. And the strange thing is, if this were a boy, nobody would care. So, the groundbreaking thing was to show that little girls have sexual feelings, too
Wow, really groundbreaking. Glad that ground was broken. Maybe we can start a national conversation about that? I object mostly to the self-satisfied tone… as if he weren’t just trying to make more money… no no… he’s doing something important for all of us!
via Growing Up on ‘Mad Men’: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka – NYTimes.com.