In case you hadn’t heard, Teen Vogue just published an article about anal sex. This was an article authored in a way to encourage and normalize this practice among teens. Just when I think our society can’t get any worse something like this comes out. If you are reading this and don’t think it’s a big deal then you may not want to read further.
If, like me, you think your teen doesn’t need to know this information from a magazine that doesn’t actually care about them, then read on. The biggest question I have thought of is how can a parent express their displeasure over an article like this? The biggest way is to complain to the editor and any advertisers that you are aware of that advertise in Teen Vogue.
Chances are high that you don’t actually buy the magazine and neither does your teen. Chances are also high that this sex conversation is one which you haven’t had with your child. Here are 3 ideas for you.
Sex is part of life
Sex is how your kids came about. It’s hopefully what you are doing with your partner to stay connected to them. If you don’t have conversations about sex with your child, they will have the conversations with someone else. They will also read articles like those in Teen vogue without any parental guidance or context. While it may be uncomfortable to have this conversation, it’s something YOU NEED to do.
Stand for something
If there are things in pop culture that you don’t like, speak out against them. Too many people stand idly by when immoral, unethical and just plain gross things are promoted as good for people. It can be scary to disagree with people because they may push back at you. Doing the right thing is not often easy. People won’t agree with you. You may actually **gasp** get unfriended. It’s ok. Being true to your principles and beliefs is more important than keeping a friend on Facebook.
A solution some people have to things they don’t like is to bury their heads in the sand about it. I don’t think this is a good idea. When you bury your head you have no knowledge of what’s going on around you. When you don’t know what is going on around you, you have no ability to influence people, events, or organizations. Being able to influence things around you is not only important for you, but it is also important for your family that you want to protect.