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Sex Conversations

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Gowshing Xiong

on 10 May 2013

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Transcript of Sex Conversations

SEX CONVERSATIONS Promoting Conversations About Bodies, Sex, and Sexuality Between Parents and Children By Gowshing Xiong AWKWARD. Conversations about sex can be SCARY. UNCOMFORTABLE. PROHIBITED. OR EVEN NONEXISTENT... But if parents aren't talking to their children about sex, then who is? Possibly their friends... or even the television. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)... "Parental communication about sex education topics with their teenagers is associated with delayed sexual initiation and increased birth control method and condom use among sexually experienced teenagers." But how can parents initiate that communication with their child and establish a habit of maintaining a safe and informative dialogue with their child early on? Here are a few examples of the informative resources available in regards to teaching kids about bodies, sex, and
reproduction. Although these texts are highly resourceful
and both textually and visually engaging,
they don't encourage any dialogue between
parents and children. And, unlike narrative texts, these resources don't provide relatable scenarios that readers can connect with. Each text follows relatable characters in a
narrative and addresses a
specific topic related to sex education
informally. Therefore, I propose for a series of texts that incorporates engaging graphics, a narrative, and implements discussion and reflective questions. For example, "Dolls and Gardening" explores the topics of pregnancy and sex and focuses on female characters and
female parent-child relationships. Other texts of this series may explore other sex education topics, and incorporate a multiplicity of characters that various readers can connect with. More importantly, these texts encourage
dialogue between the parent and child reader
and attempts to form a trusting relationship
between them while discussing topics
related to sex education. Interjected with reflective and discussion
questions, texts of the Sex Conversation
Series not only provide information about
topics of sex education, but asks the child reader
to inform the text of the reader's own experiences
and what they know, functioning similarily
to a journal. This creates not only a dialogue
between the parent and child, but also between
the reader(s) and the text itself, resulting in a
more engaged and interactive experience. The most important objective of these texts is ensuring that the child and parent remain
active agents in the learning process. The Sex Conversation Series is meant as
a supplemental resource for both children and parents--
a conversation starter, not to be used in place of
sex education and or informational resources, but in conjunction with. Thus it makes references to more detailed informational resources, as the texts of these series are more narrative based.
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