Many of today’s parents grew up in an era when mentioning the word sex was taboo at home. If you dared to, you would receive a brief clinical talk on the biology of ‘where babies came from’ – Conversation closed! Your parents’ body language and discomfort lead you to intuitively discern that you should never bring ‘that’ topic up again.
So with that message seared into our brains it’s important to be mindful of the ‘baggage’ that we bring along into conversations about sexuality with our own children. Young children will talk about sex as frankly as they would about what they had for lunch at pre-school. We need to shove aside that baggage, take our children’s lead and launch into it (at age appropriate levels of course).
But how do we assist a generation of boys to grasp the notion that rape jokes are part of a destructive cultural mindset that undermines, demeans and objectifies women and ultimately harms boys too?”
Here is a brief look at the TV and gaming diet our boys are fed: