Sexual Anatomy: A New View

Adults are quick to criticize the speed in which young people advance from “Hello” to hooking up, but it’s an expected progression if those young people lack information about relationships, intimacy, and types of pleasure that come from non-intercourse behaviors.

An important part of helping teens make smarter sexual decisions is to help them understand how their bodies work. They also need to understand that their bodies are designed to have sexual urges and to respond to touch…and that there are risk-free and low-risk ways for them to respond to those urges (masturbation, cuddling, non-genital massage, mutual masturbation).

Sex educator Heather Corinna has written a terrific article for Scarleteen that can help you get the conversation started.