I hate when people don’t talk about something out of embarrassment. As a teen, I did all possible mistakes. I thought I was pregnant at seventeen… because I was more embarrassed to buy condoms than to have sex (with the wrong person). The experience was emotionally mutilating and led to insecurities, more self-hate, and eating disorders. Why are we doing this to our kids? Can’t we talk about sex in a way that is straightforward, not dirty, simply answering their questions?
And now a treat for you!
Excerpt from Sex-O-S:
“Sex to me was mysterious and omnipresent, just like God. From the Benetton advertisement, sporting a colorful collection of condoms, to erotic Italian comedies crowding TV, Italy simmered in sensuality. Yet, the general consensus was that God disapproved of sex and condoned it only after marriage, but talking, ogling, and joking about it was somehow okay. What happened in secret, was only for God to judge and for me to wonder about.
Several of my friends were no virgins, definitely including Nico. The biology and anatomy of the act had been unraveled for me in school with all the pain embarrassment could bring. The many books I surrounded myself with had answered any residual question but one: when was the right time? Was there a moment in your life when this cumbersome question mark turned into an exclamation?”
I was also invited to give an international talk on the topic: “Why don’t we talk about sex to our children?” It’s only six minutes and you can check it out here:
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Who am I to give you advice?
I am a college professor and a writer, and I am the short undisciplined author of the Italian Saga (#TIS): an irreverent series taking place in Italy and speaking of love, sadness, sex, and happiness with a healthy dose of humor <3 I believe in novels that educate and entertain, “page turners with an Italian soul”. You can check out the books pretty much anywhere including Amazon and Smashwords ^_^