Scarleteen Confidential: A Resource Toolbox

Internet Sexuality Resources for Parents
Internet Sexuality Resources for Young People (and their families!)
Books For Parents, Young People, or Both About Sexuality and Related Issues
Sexuality Books for Pre-Teens or Younger Children
Books on Learning, Communication and Relationships with Teens

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  • Sam Wall

Bonnie Rough echoes many comprehensive sex educators in her assertion that it is often adult discomfort with the idea of children being sexual beings, or an inability to see things like nudity in a non-sexual light, that drives the way they interact with children’s sexuality. She’s honest about the ways in which she, and many other well-meaning parents, can be so focused on how they can prevent negative outcomes of sex that they inadvertently reinforce harmful, sex-negative messages. She poses an alternate question for parents to ponder in place of merely thinking about how to prevent negative outcomes: what are my hopes and dreams for my children in their sexual lives?