Does sex ed include information on human interactions beyond ‘here’s where the parts go’?
Our Sexual Vocabulary
Noah Brand talks about the difficult task of accepting one’s own genitals.
Carlo Alcos: “I will not be apologetic for what I am about to write, regardless of how uncomfortable it may make you feel.”
In response to a Julie Gillis’s piece, Valter Viglietti wonders if it’s really possible to talk openly and freely to a possible partner about maybe having sex.
“Mommy, how are babies born?”
18-year-old Hugo Martins offers a young person’s perspective on what kids want, and need, to hear from their parents about sex.
Many young children learn where babies come from, writes Justin Cascio, but teaching about their bodies and pleasure remains taboo.
Julie Gillis is co-producer of Bedpost Confessions, a monthly reading series in Austin that encourages perspective and education through conversations on sexuality and human relationships.
Joanna Schroeder teaches her sons about sex, and ponders the merit of words like “vajayjay” and “hoo-hah.”
Jeremy M. believes you don’t need to let society’s rules get in the way of the kind of relationship that you are interested in having.
Tomas Moniz takes a cinematic look at a father, three kids, the evil media, and the perils of sex education.
Lisa Hickey believes that some words are used to create intimacy and some to marginalize. And perhaps, by allowing all words to be said, we can marginalize less and connect more.
Marcus Williams wishes our earliest sexual vocabulary acknowledged that boys and girls both have interesting parts, not just a penis and the place where penises want to go.
Julie Gillis doesn’t believe in plain, old consent. She wants it to be enthusiastic.
Despite the negative connotations, Hugo Schwyzer writes, using the term “losing your virginity” actually makes a lot of sense.
College-age “bros,” writes Oliver Lee Bateman, have an extensive bro-cabulary for their describing their exploits, but don’t say much about sex.