Every parent will eventually be faced with “the talk” with their kids, and all parents take their own approach to this sensitive and often times awkward discussion.
In my opinion, however awkward this discussion is, it’s better for parents to have the talk with their kids as opposed to someone they met online or via a magazine article.
That’s why many parents have been upset by a recent article article in the Magazine Teen Vogue which provides its readers with a “How To” guide to anal sex. Full with diagrams and encouraging that the partners both have “enthusiastic consent”, the diagram is aimed at boys, girls, and “inquisitive folk”. It also explains the necessary preparation required for full comfort aimed at producing a prostate induced orgasm.
Those who oppose the article focus on the fact that, although it was written by a “sex educator”, it neglects to discuss the risks involved in anal sex. Not to mention the fact that it essentially is encouraging the behavior.
Some risks of the behavior you may want to discuss with your kids are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which states, “Anal sex is the riskiest sexual behavior for getting and transmitting HIV for men and women.”
The CDC continues:
Being a receptive partner during anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for getting HIV. The bottom’s risk of getting HIV is very high because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex.
The insertive partner is also at risk for getting HIV during anal sex. HIV may enter the top partner’s body through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra) or through small cuts, scratches, or open sores on the penis.”
We want to know, what do you think about this article in Teen Vogue? Too much? Or are you OK with it considering that in the United States, 46 percent of all high school age students, and 62 percent of high school seniors, have had sexual intercourse.