Why you should talk about Sex and Sexuality with your Ma and Pa

Mum and Pa <3

Mum and Pa ❤

 

I very clearly remember this one time my father, my sister and I were watching ‘Gladrags Supermodel Hunt’ on television  way back in 2003-04 or probably before that and they had a swimwear round. So they had all the men and women parading down the ramp in thongs and under-wears and there was suddenly a strange awkwardness in the room. My sister and I looked at each other and my father quickly changed the channel. And I guarantee you this is the story of every middle-class Indian’s household. We never spoke about sex. In fact till the time I was fourteen I still thought sex was a bad word and should be never brought up in a conversation. So now you know I grew up real slow!

When I came out to my parents before my nineteenth birthday, I remember my father smiling at me. But it was his usual nervous smile. He didn’t know how to react. My mother on the other hand was very vocal about her disbelief in her son’s sexuality, condemning it at once and went all berserk saying, “This is all the result of those English films you watch all the time. It’s the Western culture getting into your system.” Then followed those months of crying and cribbing over how God had been so unkind to her and unjust with her and no willingness to accept any logical explanation to her crazy list of questions. Their denial was the toughest part. It was frustrating and I couldn’t believe the fact that it was happening to me? An openly gay guy at his college who’s never let anyone bully him and has strongly asserted his sexuality with pride? But interestingly for the first time in years, my father wanted to talk about sex with me. We had a very long conversation where he brought up topics I would’ve never in my wildest dreams thought of him to be talking about with me. It was insane! We spoke about sex, sexuality, attraction, masturbation to pornography. And I’m so glad he did! But he wished for only one thing from me- to never write about my sexuality openly on a social networking platform, which was impossible for me to do but I totally appreciated the fact that he was only being a protective father. But I also got a very genuine advice from a teacher who asked me to never give up on my parents no matter how politically incorrect their arguments were.

I really wouldn’t have ever expected how wonderfully my father stood beside me every time I was in a fix during the entire phase of me preparing for Mr. Gay World. He held my hand and walked me through the toughest times, gave me a hug when I needed it the most, helped me emotionally and financially without even questioning me twice. Neither of my parents ever questioned me when they saw my pictures in a swimwear, which honestly is a big deal given how we grew up. Coming Out is difficult anywhere in the world and more so for our parents who have grown up in a hetero-normative society. Be real patient with your parents, respect them for who they are because the only people who will stand beside you when you’re in a fix are your parents with their undying support and belief in you. Words fail to express how grateful I am to my parents. They truly are the real support-system in my life and I’m so very blessed to have them.

 

Love and Light

Anwesh

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3 thoughts on “Why you should talk about Sex and Sexuality with your Ma and Pa

  1. Wow, all I can say is you are one of the lucky ones. It is great that your parents have accepted you for what you are and you dont need to hide about all the fab opportunities that have come your way via Mr Gay India and more. And double Wow! to talking to your Pa about all that stuff. I never and would never talk about sex with my dad, but I feel more relaxed about talking about it with my mum. Infact my mum soooo wants me to have a kid, she suggested me sleeping with X Stranger Guy just to have a baby. And I was like, ‘Eeerr Hello, STD’s, AIDS and so much more mental-ish makes your suggestion so wrong…’ but I guess this is a chat for another day. Wink! Xx

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    • Haha! Your mum seems super cool. I need to talk to her right now! The next post I’ve written is exactly about how my parents would go berserk at the thought of either of me or my sister sleeping with anyone before marriage. In fact both my parents suggested I become a sadhu and never fall into the vicious cycle of marriage and children and I here be like, “Mum and Dad! Please! You basically not want me to have sex with a guy anyway.” I so want to to catch up with you someday and talk about all of this. We’d have like an endless conversation if we ever catch up. ❤
      I'm going to support your mum here though. 😛 *Wink wink*

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      • YeeeSSs, it would be so cool to meet over some yummy food and drinks and talk till the cows come home ( :
        I cant believe you would support my mum with her idea, whose side are you on anyway, haha! Have a lovely wkend hon. X

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