Friday, April 19, 2013

Phallic Friday


That's my topic for today - which doesn't seem much like a Phallic Friday post, does it? Let me explain...

My Dad is visiting. Not quite sure how but we ended up talking about an episode of Can of Worms that he saw, where age, sex, and first base came up (My dad and I have weird conversations). Anyway, the show said kids today have blow jobs as first base. Sex occurrs as young as 14. And these issues were discussed by various people.

As we kept talking, I started thinking that the age thing is a big problem. I can't publish a book where people have sex (well, not described anyway) if they're under 18. But in reality, people are having sex at 16, even as young as 10 or 12. The Virginity Mission has the heroine 21 and a virgin... which is kind of out-dated.

Dad watches Glee, where he says homosexuality, cross-dressing, transgender people, marriage, sex and all is portrayed as normal in a high school. I've no idea what age this is though - are they 16, 18, 21?

Should we be publishing books that have information to suit the age that needs it?

Or maybe it's not needed. Maybe you use text books for information and we don't want pleasure reading to expose us to the reality of sex at 16.

I don't know the answers but it was an interesting discussion.

Do you have any thoughts?


  1. As a Mum everything about your post today terrifies me so I am just going to stick my fingers in my ears and go "nahnahnahnahnah"

    1. Sorry to start your day on such a terrifying note :)

      Cate xo

  2. I give up!
    3x tried to post via wordpress
    3x couldn't do it (me doing something wrong - nothing wrong with your site).
    This week you shall have to miss my comment brilliance!
    (it began by saying I think it's great you can have such a conversation with your father and it finished by saying if the guardians of what 16-18 year olds can and can't read don't wake up, it will be death of the book because they will just get their info elsewhere.)

  3. Hey Lily,
    Glad for your success... but sorry to miss your comment brilliance :)

    I appreciate that I can have these conversations with Dad. We've always had deep chats, so I guess that helps!

    Cate xox