I remember it was about a week before my first day of high school. Dad and I were driving to the video rental place to rent a VHS (oh those were the days). It was on the way in the car that Dad wanted to give me the “talk.” What is this “talk” you may ask? We have all experienced it. It’s the dreaded conversation about hormones, changing bodies, sexual exploration and the like, that no awkward 13 year-old wants to discuss with their parents who “don’t understand them.” I did everything I could, minus jumping out of a moving vehicle, to get away from this conversation. I blasted Dad’s favorite station, National Public Radio and pretended to rock out; I changed the subject and rolled down the window to scream for help. With force from a stern voice I stopped my shenanigans and as he continued talking about my “needs,” I covered my ears, closed my eyes and started singing “I can’t hear you! LA LA LA!” He gave up. Muahaha— I won.
Looking back, I’m sure my father had some important information to advise to me, but being an immature teen I didn’t take in any of his considerations for my well being. Thankfully, I was intelligent enough to make good choices in vulnerable situations. Sadly, other people aren’t so lucky. In fact, due to the taboo on conversations about sex, I find that many are incredibly unknowledgeable from never talking about it. Most of my information comes from gossiping with friends and asking my more experienced peers questions. I say it’s time to stop all the whispering and someone should pull back the curtain and talk about sex!
Well that time has arrived. Maria Falzone will be coming to JMU and putting on a program called Sex Rules. Falzone, the #1 comedy show on the college circuit in the U.S., teaches about sex safety, self-respect, and how to make doing “it” better than ever! She will be shedding light on a less talked about subject, a subject that everyone should really learn more about. So come on out and learn the sex rules to make sex rule!