Thursday, July 2, 2009
When I was four my mama gave me this book: Internet, there are pictures of HAIRY FAT NEKKID people in this book. Having SEX! This book gave all the facts of life in a "nonsense"-free way, as is advertised on the cover. Besides the basic facts of baby-making and delivering, I also learned that sex feels really good but you can only do it for a short period of time lest you become overwhelmed. Or something. My mama was very upfront about anatomy, puberty, and sex when my brother and I were kids. As a result, we knew a lot more about these things than our friends. I was always surprised to hear friends make comments that were obviously NOT CORRECT, (I was very keen on the CORRECT as a child) whether it be a nickname for their girly bits or a vague reference to storks. Now that I spend time on a babies-related discussion board I am still shocked by some adult women's complete lack of knowledge about the reproductive process. Questions like: Can I take birth control so that I don't get pregnant even though I already am pregnant? Can you be pregnant and still get a period? I had sex yesterday and today my boobs hurt: could I be pregnant? I'll confess that part of the reason I love this discussion board so much is because of the crazy questions we get sometimes. And the carnage that always follows. But it's still shocking to me that such ignorance can be perpetuated. And so the other day when I was telling my mama about an especially ridiculous question on the board. Me: I can't believe how little some people know! Mama: Well, until [her best friend] had a baby (when my mama was 21) I thought that babies came out of your butt instead of the other side. Me: (stunned silence) Thank goodness for sex ed. Otherwise I'd have to question everything my mama taught me.