Sexuality is about more than sex

One common concern that comes up when talking about same-sex couples is that explaining their existence to children would require talking about subjects considered too ‘adult’ for them.

This concern is basically bull, because we talk to our children about opposite-sex couples all the time.

Take the Disney princesses, for example. Every single one of them falls for someone of the opposite sex. And those are considered kids’ movies. Somehow they manage to depict heterosexuality without ever coming near the topic of sex. Many children’s shows, books, and movies depict the main character as part of an opposite sex coupling (so does most adult media, but that’s a bit beside the point). We just don’t think of this as talking about sexuality because it’s considered normal, but that is what is happening–children are constantly learning about opposite sex relationships*. ‘Adult’ topics don’t enter the picture, because they don’t need to. “Bobby loves Marcia” is enough to explain an opposite sex couple. Why is “Bobby loves Dan” not sufficient to explain a same-sex couple?

*Whether or not what they’re learning is healthy, on the other hand…

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One response to this post.

  1. Here here, right on.

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