Saturday, 16 June 2012

Revelation

I found out about sex when I was two. Being of an enquiring mind at that age, as I always have been, I asked my mother where babies came from, and she told me... well, not everything. Kind of the basics. I knew there was a "baby hole", as she put it. But she gave me a very watered-down version of what happened. As you probably would if you were trying to explain sex to a two-year-old. It involved switches.

I, of course, didn't know what to make of it, so I went back to thinking about dinosaurs. By that point, I could spell "hypsilophodon", so evidently that was the right field of study for me at the time. I never forgot the conversation, though.

I didn't actually know about the mechanics or anything until about ten or eleven, but a couple of years earlier, a lot of other people in my primary class got to know about it from the sex education video they showed in year 5. I was unwell that day, but I kind of knew everything anyway. (Or most things. I still don't know everything - who does?) It was evident the day afterwards who hadn't been told at any point beforehand, as they clearly thought it was totally disgusting - as, at that age, did I, although I'd already known about it so I was prepared; by the age of twelve, though, I was pretty interested in it, as you'd expect. As far as I'm aware, the WORST THING EVER IN THE WORLD scale goes like this:

Nursery school: someone's got your sweeties
Infant school: being in love
Junior school: having sex
Secondary school: not having sex
University: having never had sex
Adulthood: someone's got your sweeties

This strange middle-ground of "you've had sex!" being used as an insult lasted until year 7, when the few people who didn't know - those whose parents signed the form and sent it in, necessitating their children to leave the classroom and pray for our souls - finally found out. Which, of course, had me wondering what they had been told all these years. Does anyone actually tell the stork story any more? Don't they know he was captured in Yoshi's Island?

And, finally, today I got to wondering further. When did you find out about sex? How? What did you think at first? I'd love to know.

7 comments:

Cath said...

My friend Rachael told me. She also suggested we watch Ace Ventura Pet Detective together as some form of sex education.

aislinnoc said...

I looked it up in a dictionary, would you believe...

Scarlet said...

When I was 4, and my mother was pregnant with my brother, I was given a book called "Where Did I Come From". The sperm had faces, I was horrified!

StrawberryBlushes said...

A porn mag went round in class long before we got any sex education. I was horrified. Why would I want to put my willy in THAT? It looks like the creature that ate Bob Fett in Star Wars!

Of course, once you get older things change. But I'm convinced not being terrified of it when you're younger is probably better for you.

It's all rather ironic now that I work for http://www.strawberryblushes.co.uk/

Innocent Loverboy said...

Boba Fett got out the Sarlacc, you know...

StrawberryBlushes said...

I heard he was scarred for life...

fleshlight said...

I was quite young - probably two or three. By the time I was five I was subjected to the old porn mag in the hedge. I was curious, found out all I could, then forgot again til, like you said, about 12 when all the lads suddenly starting playing with themselves.