By Sandi Bhutella
Sex is a tough word to say. I have to admit,
it hasn't been easy getting comfortable talking about sex.
Most kids learn about sex from their peers and that isn't
exactly the best place to learn. When my mom first walked
into my room with a box of condoms asking me if I was having
sex, I wanted to curl up in a ball on my bed and disappear.
There was no way I wanted to talk about SEX with my mom. Now
that I am a true man of the 21 st century, I thought I'd want
to embrace the opportunity to chat about sex with my mother
and my father and anyone else who was open to discussion.
and then I freaked. But since then I've been working on it,
and I'm getting there.
What is it about sex that is so hard to
talk about? Is it embarrassing? Is it too personal?
Is it private? Why is it okay to be surrounded by sexual images
and references in advertising without a second thought, but
it's tough to discuss the issues in a serious way with our
parents, especially when education is the key. It's also a
fact that adolescents who discuss sex openly with their parents
are a lot less likely to make risky choices about sex.
Talking about tough sex topics like STI's,
abstinence, homosexuality and masturbation isn't easy, but
talking about something with a reliable person is the best
way to learn. We all need to be responsible for ourselves
as well as each other, and I think we should try to be responsible
by sharing our resources. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
There are a lot of really approachable, educated people out
there who want to help and who will answer your questions.
So, don't be afraid of your parents, they might surprise you
if you give them a chance. Or, you can head to Truth and Rumours
- ask us anything, if we don't have an answer, we'll contact
a professional and find one!
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