Sexual Shame: What It Is And How It Shows Up

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Help kids at an early age

You’ll of course want to curate a curriculum and have conversations that are age-appropriate, but cultivating a healthy outlook on sex and body image in children from a young age is an important part of combatting the ideas society will teach them. Arm them with a healthy outlook, so they can assess what society tells them with more clarity. “Educate yourself on the areas within sex and sexuality you don’t understand or that you just feel an aversion to. Invest in comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education for your kids or young ones in your life. And if you hear any conversations or narratives that sound like they’re reinforcing sexual intolerance or fearmongering, challenge them,” Whitney says.

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