Photo: George Burns
After our groundbreaking survey about talking to daughters about sex
, many readers wrote in to ask what we should tell their sons
about sex. We called sex therapist Laura Berman, PhD, to find out what mothers should say:
- Always respect your partner and never pressure her into having sex.
- Revealing sexual information or other personal details about a partner is a betrayal of trust. Locker room talk is often just that—talk—and you should not join in or make disparaging remarks about your partner.
- Your body is a gift, so don't be in a hurry to give it away. (We tend to teach this only to girls, but boys also need healthy self-esteem about their bodies and sexuality.)
- Sexual pleasure is one of the joys of life, but it should be a two-way street. You should give as well as receive.