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About Alyssa Royse

Alyssa is freelance writer, speaker and sex-educator living in Seattle with her husband and their 3 daughters. She is the former host of Sexxx Talk Radio on The Progressive Radio Network and is the co-founder of, a site dedicated to empowered women's sexuality. She can also be found on her eponymous blog, where she pontificates about food, family, politics and the Seattle rain. Yes, she would love to speak at your event, host a workshop or write something for you. Just ask.


  1. This article is hilarious. It brings right back to mind a particular conversation with my then 6 year old son (now 15 and we’re having quite different sex conversations!). I am a Catholic and one of the wonderful things I like adding to the sex talk that comes from the Catholic teaching about our sexuality is that while yes, sex is for procreation, it is also for mommies and daddies to show their love for each other in a very special way. When mommies and daddies love to each other in this special way, every part of them, their body, their feelings, everything feels the love. You could add, if the child asks another question, that God created our bodies so it changes in ways to make it possible for babies to be created (or something like that).
    Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D., mother and wife, licensed psychologist and founder/director at Triangle Psychological Services,, 919.380.1000.

    • As awkward and hilarious as it is, it’s so nice, and kind of sweet, actually, that they weren’t afraid to ask. I never, ever asked my parents about it. I was always afraid of getting in trouble. Before I heard about where babies came from, there was a talk in our elementary school about “inappropriate touch”, to help kids protect themselves and report anything, obviously. Years later, my mom signed a permission slip for me to learn about reproduction when I was ten. What would you have thought? I was horrified and wanted to get out of my own skin, and it didn’t help that my mom seemed uncomfortable.

  2. Lori Ann Lothian says:

    SO funny and yet sooo true. These discussions with our kids tend to take unexpexted turns. Great chance to learn about how at ease we are with our own sexuality, in how we handle these innocent questions. FUn read.

  3. OMG! I was cringing at every sentence! So funny!

    (Speaking of uncomfortable conversations: My son, my dad, and I were watching Dr. Phil after school while we were eating some dim sum at home….the subject was about a wayward teen mom living at home with her control freak conservative Christian parents….the twist in the whole thing was that her acting out behavior was rooted in her sexual abuse by a family member which occurred from age 4 until age 17…the mom and step-dad kept chewing her out about her drug use and irresponsibility and initially ignored the fact that she suffered such devastating abuse by a trusted relative…..watching Dr. Phil is one way to have stunned awkward conversations with the family! I guess it’s better to talk about some things now rather than later….)

  4. Your daughter is smart.

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