What to do when you’re worried about physical intimacy with someone being awkward? Try to embrace it. Intimacy is often awkward. And that isn’t a bad thing.
For years, research on adolescent sex was so entrenched in a risk perspective that “adolescent sexual health” was an oxymoron. Today, a new science of adolescent sexual heath is emerging that may help us look beyond risk.
Whether we’re talking about someone we want to have sex with, someone we want to call a boyfriend/girlfriend — or both — the key is to be true to yourself and about yourself.
As liberated as Americans appear given today’s hyper-sexualized culture, it’s the baggage of retro myths that looms scariest to those of us who choose the dignity and respect of sexual personhood no matter how ravaged our memory.