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Well, kind of. Here’s what we’re interested in.
Much of what the Mormon church teaches about sex is taught with the explicit objective of keeping kids from having it.
In many cases, based on our experience, this objective appears to be the primary objective of the instruction given to youth.
Many of us at D&S are uncomfortable, to varying degrees, with this approach.
If we instead approach the question of sex from the perspective that it is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids how TO HAVE sex, how does that change things? In other words, if our objective is to help our kids to one day have healthy and satisfying sexual relationships, then how does that effect what (and how) we teach them about sex? After all, don’t we owe it to our kids to attempt to pass down some of what we’ve learned about our sexuality?
Other related questions:
- What did you learn about your own sexuality from the church?
- Were the lessons you learned positive or negative or both? Why?
- What would you change about what you were taught? Why?
- Can you talk about some positive church-related educational experiences? Some negative ones?
- What about object lessons (the man-handled chocolate bar, the licked cupcake, women as flowers on the top of a mountain, as opposed to flowers by the roadside that are covered with dust, nails in a board, etc.)? Which ones are good? Which ones are bad? Why?
Let’s hear your stories. We’re looking forward to it. We will be accepting guest posts on this topic from now through the end of June 2012.
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