"I began menstruation at an uncommonly young age. The only information I possessed at that time was that “as soon as you get your period you can get pregnant,” wisdom passed down to me very sternly from my father, with the implication that pregnancy would ruin my life. When my first period ended I…
Anonymous asked: My Sex Education at school began in grade nine. We watched movies showing the process of frog reproduction, which has nothing even remotely in common with how humans reproduce.
Hello Tumblr! My daughter, Raven, has a social media project that she is conducting for her Women and Gender Studies class at the UofA where she is collecting stories about the myths and misconceptions we had as kids and during puberty about our sexuality and our understanding about sex or our experiences from sex ed.
You can submit anonymous comments on her blog athttp://sexedconfidential.tumblr.com/ by selecting the “ask me anything” box. Just write in your comments as there is no need to sign up. You can also read some of the other submissions on the blog.
If you have a twitter Raven also has an account with submission highlights athttp://www.twitter.com/sexedcon and she’d love to have a follow and a retweet if you find something you’d like to share with your followers.
Please feel free to reblog this for anyone else you know who might have a story to share. By mid March she will need to wrap the project up into a research paper.
If you can participate that would be wonderful! If you have any questions or want to know more about the project please let Raven know. You can send her questions or longer submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”"
— Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via withoutawarning)