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Agree, Disagree, or somewhere in between? No. 1:

In Quotations, Written Reasoning on November 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

“Adults train kids to become sexually mature in a manner they approve of. We clap and laugh over all the little moments meant to prepare them for this; we give them gender appropriate toys that will prepare little boys for a manhood of tools and trucks and little girls for a womanhood of kitchens and babies, not to mention makeup and high heels. We take “kissing cousin” photos of little boys and girls mimicking grownup sexual behaviour and proudly frame them or put them in our wallets to show strangers because children mimicking adult sexual behaviour is adorable (so long as it’s the correct sexual behaviour). We teach little boys that they’re not supposed to cry and we teach little girls to spend their lives wondering what men are thinking of them. The second the physical aspects of sexual maturity start sprouting, we organize social events to push them toward each other; first, the fumbling and terrifying middle school dances, then the process gets increasingly formal the closer the kids get to maturity: freshman dances, sophomore dances, proms and homecomings, all to push them toward that aisle, and the socially approved method of romantic love and baby-making.

Gay kids get none of that. Not one bit of it. Read the rest of this entry »


What do you make of the morality of masturbation?

In Written Reasoning on July 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

As a Child and Youth Care practitioner, one of the aspects of my work is that I consult and engage with a variety of youth to help them find a means to experience growth. That’s my really complicated way of saying “I hang out with young people.” And I frickin’ love it! In any case, one of the youth near and dear to my heart recently enquired of me a series of concepts concerning sexuality and masturbation. The kid was coming from a Christian background and didn’t really know what to make of the expression of his sexuality while simultaneously running it parallel to the principles in his personal faith. It’s no news to me that masturbation (and all levels of its discussion) is left out in many conversations in today’s churches. So as an exercise, I decided to write a hypothetical reply about commenting on masturbation and sexual lifestyles. Read the rest of this entry »