My wife and I are huge book lovers, the word ‘bibliophile’ definitely comes to mind. On top of this, we are also very sex(uality) positive when it comes to parenting, both wanting our four children to grow up with a healthy understanding of sex and sexuality, theirs and in general. Our eldest daughter is 11 now and is going through puberty; she loves reading puberty books, demolishes the damn things, then reads them two, three, four more times… and a month later will get them out from the library again. It got to the point we ended up buying the books for her.
A few months back we were in our regular secondhand bookshop, perusing the shelves full of booky potential. I came across a hardcover book – ‘Questions Kids Ask about Sex: Honest answers for every age’, Melissa R. Cox (ed) – and thought HEY! THAT SOUNDS FUCKING BRILLIANT! I checked inside and saw it was published in 2005 – great – the information would be relatively up to date and would probably be from a modern viewpoint. It was $3.00, I had to get it!
Home we came. Into the bookshelf the book went. Forgotten it was.
For whatever reason, my wife got it out of the bookshelf… the next thing I heard from her was a gasp of dismay.
“What’s wrong?” I asked. She began reading :
Masturbation isn’t inherently physically damaging unless excessive force or instruments are used; however it can be emotionally destructive and even become a substitute for relational intimacy in marriage. Your child should understand that masturbation can become addictive and he can lessen the risk for this addiction by having an honest sex education grounded in the values of abstinence until marriage…. In addition you should strongly encourage him to avoid the use of pornography, drugs, and alcohol if he wishes to avoid the consequences associated with becoming addicted to masturbation. If you’ve discovered (or heard) your child masturbating… remind him of the dangers of pornography; obsessive, all-consuming masturbation; and group masturbation. (pg 147)
I wasn’t sure I had heard right, but she then went on to read another juicy little segment, leaving me with my mouth wide open, looking at her in shock. What the hell? How could such a book be in our house? Only a few weeks ago I posted on this very blog about why women should embrace masturbation, and here this book was, explaining just how evil it is, listing numerous reasons to encourage your child not to masturbate. Continue reading