What I Learned About Sex Essay

1007 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Everything that I learned about sex when I was younger came from my cousins, friends at school and the children in my neighborhood. They did influence my attitudes and sexual behavior but not as much as my grandparents, aunts and my curiosity to research about sex. My culture has also played a key role in my sexual development because I had to balance traditional Christian values and modern ideas and attitudes toward sex.
During my early adolescence I spent three days in church every week surrounded by my family. After sermons my older cousins would teach me sexual slang and talk about their sexual experiences. I did not understand everything that they talked about, but what I did understand was that sex was a reward that should be sought after. During elementary school many of the older students would perform sex acts on me. At first I resisted because it felt strange but eventually I stopped caring and let it happen. Furthermore, the older students did similar things to my classmates and we thought nothing of it. At the time we did not know it was wrong because it was what we saw in the community. I even told a few of my cousins, who being only a few years older than me did not see much wrong with it. The older kids would frequently teach me "life lessons" after school when we got back into our neighborhood. They were incredibly homophobic and would frequently beat up the effeminate kids while yelling slurs. I knew it was not right but because I saw it so…

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