2006 September 27
This past weekend I spent some time doing what I love to do when I am procrastinating schoolwork â€“ wander around the local bookstores! Strangely enough, most times I find myself visiting the health and sexuality sections to see if there are any new print resources available. As I approached the sexuality section, I saw two teenaged girls and one teenaged boy sitting on the floor in front of the section with a book wide open in front of them. I heard one of the girls say, â€œIs that what it is supposed to look like?â€ and the other reply, â€œHow would I know I havenâ€™t seen it before.â€ Naturally, once the teens realized that I was headed to the same section they were so engaged in, they all jumped up and scattered rapidly in different directions! I smiled to myself because this happens almost any time I approach the sexuality section. Regardless of age/gender/orientation/spiritual beliefs/etc. there is something awkward about being in the sexuality section! Itâ€™s like admitting to world that you are curious about sexuality and who would be curious about that she asks sarcastically.
How about everyone? Curiosity about sex is a natural biological function! Hooray for curiosity about life in general and as a sexual health educator, I say hooray for curiosity about sexuality. In North America, we do a really good job at making every thing from cars to orange juice sexy. What we donâ€™t do very well is explore our curiosities about sex and sexuality in a balanced and healthy way. I suspect, and this is just my humble opinion, that this is what draws us (yes even me I admit!) to the sexuality sections of the local bookstore! Be grateful for your curiosity â€“ it will serve you well in all section of the bookstore (and life!).