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How to Start Talking about Sex with Children (Part 1)

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:24

Most of us parents feel waaay awkward talking to our children about sex because we have no idea what we're doing. Note: the kids are noticeably creeped out too. 

Here are a few no-fail answers to get you and your kids started. Getting the party started: First, ask yourself as a parent if you believe your children are good people who want good for others. Most of us believe in our children so an emphatic "Yes!" means that we really need to focus on a conversation rather than a lesson or, worse yet, a sermon. 

It's So Big! Stigma

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

Whew!  Sexual-based stigma is a whole lot bigger than I ever thought it could be. Sure, gays get their share of the hate and we all call that homophobia. Women get their second-class treatment and we call that misogyny. These are real problem behaviors that cause genuine suffering by promoting discrimination. I have no desire to minimize them or to suggest that we should stop talking about them. But there is a problem with thinking that these forms of ignorance and discrimination are only about gays or only about women. That is to miss the larger picture. Gays, women and...sex offenders.

Tom Petty: Sexual Futurist

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

Tom Petty has joined the crowd of humanity who seek a rational, albeit "kinda pissed," discussion about human sexuality.  With a song set to be released next week, “Playing Dumb,” he implicitly takes on the Catholic Church for “covering up” the clergy sex abuse scandals, according to a new cover story in BillboardThe magazine quotes the lyrics “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden

Surprise! Sex is Fun

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

Some sexual futurists (like yours truly) are still digesting the news about the recent Vatican Synod of Bishops.  From the International Business Times: Pope Francis calls for frankness when discussing taboo topics during the two-week Synod of Bishops. He wants everyone to discuss head on the topics of marriage, divorce, homosexuality and sex. The Pope gets what he wished for when Australian couple Ron and Mavis Pirola's turn to speak came.

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