Do you think sex is a taboo in many asian households? I can only speak about my own, but here in our family, including the relatives, no one discusses sexuality or intimate matters. No, I'm not saying people need to disclose their sex lives, but when an adolescent child in puberty can't even raise questions of a sexual nature to any one in his or her family? That is being too conservative is it not?
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and curious teenagers have no books in local libraries to help them gauge their sexuality in what is often described as a very confusing time for pubescent teenagers.
It is often stressed that teenagers need figures they can speak to about mattes of the body as they are developing sexually. A lack of information can lead increased incidences of teenage pregnancy - at least that is my belief. I think proper sex education by schools AND parents can reduce the rate of teen pregnancies. Now, if under the assumption that Asian households don't discuss sex, I would be curious to find out what the prevalence of pregnancies amongst Asian couples are.
Case in point, a young couple one 16 the other 17 (note age of consent in most states of Australia is 16) are planning to spend a romantic evening together. They will be intimate. Yes, there will be protection. Now the problem is the parents don't know about this relationship. Both parties are willing to be honest with the families about the nature of the evening, but they also know what reactions to expect. It's difficult enough asking to let a friend sleep over, how much harder is it to negotiate privacy in your bedroom?
Is it all a matter of the age old custom of traditional asian families banning premarital sex? And what are your parents' and your views on discussing sexual matters in the household? Are we bordering on extreme censorship?