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Talking to the Youngins About Porn

So after giving back my part-time dog and sending hubby off to the OC for another week, I’ve been in a bit of a slump, which has involved a few too many episodes of Friday Night Lights. Suffice to say, I started season one a week ago and am awfully close to finishing it. I’m mildly embarrassed to be addicted to a teen drama, though I suppose I’m in culturally good company, what with Glee and all. I just never knew I could care about a show with a football premise. The whole experience has me feeling vaguely nostalgic for high school, even though I didn’t really like high school and certainly never had anything to do with quarterbacks or cheerleading. Think—drama club, dark poetry.

Anyway, watching Friday Night Lights in conjunction with just having read Shira Tarrant’s Pornography 101: Why College Kids Need Porn Literacy Training has me thinking about sex education, yet again. How do we teach the next generation to talk about the issues that porn raises when we can’t always muddle through them as adults? Or at least, I’m still learning. After just watching Mrs. Taylor (FNL high school guidance counselor) fumble to communicate with her teenage daughter about sex, I’m aware that talking to my hypothetical teens may not be easy breezy.  I’m sure that my mom would attest that showing thirteen-year-old-me how to latex up a banana was less than a ball (and she never even touched on barely legal gangbangs). Not to worry, mum, I’ve now figured it out now. I just hope my fictional offspring end up in forums with folks like Shira Tarrant having non-judgmental dialogues. That, and knowing they can always chat felching with mom and dad.

Right then, must run. Coach Taylor and my dinner for one are calling.

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