Mamas, Keep This ‘Teen” Magazine Away From Your Kids: Here’s Why
I’ve spent a lot of time in an airport the past few days, traveling for work with my laptop open. While looking on Facebook for some great stories to share on our For Every Mom Facebook page, an article in my feed caught my eye and quickly sickened me. How could it not? The article, published by TEEN VOGUE, is entitled, “Everything You Need to Know About Anal Sex.”
That’s right, friends, Teen Vogue, not content with preaching the wonders of it’s “Post-Abortion Gift Guide” earlier this year, now feels the need to publish a how-to guide on anal sex for our teens. Who, I might remind you, ARE STILL CHILDREN. And we all know that tweens love to read “teen” publications, too. When I was 11 or 12 years old, I LOVED getting my hands on a “Seventeen” magazine, but in those days the most scandalous content I might find was how to cope with my PERIOD.
Our kids live in a new world, and I wouldn’t call it “brave.” I’d call it “terrifying.” Teen Vogue’s article is a perfect example. They are trying to take deviant sex acts that are NOT FOR KIDS, and normalize them here. I CRINGED throughout reading the article. I had to TAKE A BREAK and come back to it because I was sickened and steaming mad. I don’t recommend reading the whole thing (but please do if you need to see for yourself), but here are some excerpts.
“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.”
“Anal sex, though often stigmatized, is a perfectly natural way to engage in sexual activity. People have been having anal sex since the dawn of humanity. Seriously, it’s been documented back to the ancient Greeks and then some. So if you’re a little worried about trying it or are having trouble understanding the appeal, just know that it isn’t weird or gross.”