Let’s face it: hearing our parents talk about sex is about as comfortable as being on the receiving end of an atomic wedgie. A recent episode of Modern Family where the kids walked in on their parents “celebrating their anniversary” was just a snapshot of how awkward it can be to acknowledge that our parents are sexual beings.
Phil on talking to the kids after they walked in on him and Claire having sex: “What if I was all knock knock and they were like ‘Who’s there?’ and I was all ‘Someone who doesn’t want to see their parents doing it that’s why we knocked!’”
It gets weirder still to realize that yes, in most of our cases, our birth happened due to that fact. At some point, though, it becomes essential for our parents to at least mention sex. That being said, few people we talked to while putting this issue together said they were lucky/unlucky enough to have never received “the talk.” Some parents may take a hard-line abstinence approach, some may take the be-safe-I-just-don’t-want-to-know road, and others may be way, way too interested in imparting us with a well-rounded sexual education. While most of us try to find a happy place inside where we can shut out the ‘birds and the bees talk,’ if we actually opened our ears and listened to our parents we could learn a lot. Even if parents aren’t always the most comfortable people to discuss sex with, talking to someone who has more experience, both in the bedroom and generally in life, can help make healthy decisions. Let’s be real: we at Hump-day Gazette have done a lot of research, but we’re 19 years old. While we are able to compile some great resources and try to give good advice, we thought that in this issue we should focus on people who have “been there, done that.” So, look forward to reading some input from our “elders,” memories and reflections on what we’d be taught on sex, and some things that we wish our parents had taught us.
Have fun and be safe,
Kate and Michelle