Tag Archives: sex

sex in a text :: sexting

9 Apr

When I started learning about sexting, I thought it was people CHOOSING to post pictures of themselves online in a sexy, provocative manner, half-naked or completely naked. I have come to understand, it is so much more than this.

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We live in a cyber world where people’s identities are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter identities and people’s friendships are online more than face-to-face friendships. What we look like online can sometimes become more important than who we really are. We can become obsessed with how many likes or comments we get on our status update or a picture we just posted. The thing with this cyber world is we can say or post things online that we wouldn’t necessarily say or show others in real life. The freedom that an online identity brings can sound great but it can be quite risky.

 

Taking sexual images of yourself and sending them through text or online is dangerous. No one has control of where it will go. You may decide to take the photos down from the Internet site you posted them on, but they still will always be online somewhere. 88% of self-made sexual images (sexual sefies) end up on pornographic websites. Your sexting photos may end up on a porn website. This can have a big impact on your future.

 

If you are taking, sending or receiving naked or sexual pictures of yourself or others & you are under 18 years of age, that is an offence and you can be convicted of child pornography. Depending on the laws in your state you could end up on the sex offenders list which will have a massive impact on your future, especially when looking for jobs.

 

Before you post or share a sexualised picture of yourself or someone else either through text, email or online, please stop and think before you press “send” where this photo may end up. You really have no control on it.

 

Have you experienced sexual harassment or sexual bullying? Research shows that sexting is fast becoming sexual harassment and bullying. Girls are feeling pressured to perform sexual favors even if they don’t want to because that are constantly being asked on a daily basis to perform sexual favours. If girls say no, they are bullied and guys threaten to say horrible things about them publicly to destroy their reputation. If girls say yes to performing sexual favours, guys may take a picture of their online conversation post in on Facebook to show everyone the girls sexual availability. What is also concerning is guys are storing up sexual picture of girls in their phone and using it as a popularity tool, “look at all the girls I can get if I want to”, its all about being approved of by your peers. & this is at the expense of a girl’s sexuality.

 

A message to the girls: You are MORE than being someone’s sex object. You don’t need to display yourself as “sexy” or provocative to be accepted. You are not a commodity to be bought or sold or to be traded by guys to get “ratings” or peer approval. You are an individual with unique value. You are capable, intelligent and able to make a positive impact in people’s lives. Don’t allow anyone to sell you short of that.

 

If you are experiencing sexual violence or bullying, especially through social media, I am strongly encouraging you to talk to someone about it. This is real and it is wrong. Regardless if you or others think it’s harmless. We need this generation to stand up and say enough is enough, we should not have to be sexualised in this way.

 

& if you are a parent or involved in a young person’s life, please create an open conversation for them to talk about their sexuality & their experience in the world they live in. This is your opportunity to speak TRUTH and offer a counter culture message to this hyper sexualised culture we are living in.

 

What do you think about sexting? Comment below.

 

Things you may not know about Sexually Transmitted Infections

20 Jun

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are rampant. There are at least 20 different types of STIs identified, with 40,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS each year compared to 4 MILLION new cases of the bacterial infection Chlamydia.

  1. STIs are more common for women than men
  1. Teens are at high risk of contracting an STI due to their lack of knowledge on what sexual behaviour is ‘risky’.
  1. There is no treatment to eliminate Genital Herpes and Genital Warts, only treatment to manage symptoms & minimize/prevent recurrences.
  1. Herpes can increase the risk of the HIV Infection.
  1. Chlamydia (most common & increasing STI) often has no symptoms, known as the ‘silent disease’, which is why it can be left untreated.
  1. STIs left untreated can cause serious health problems & infertility.
  1. Condoms are not entirely effective in preventing STIs . Direct skin contact may result in transmission.
  1. STIs can be passed to a baby before and during birth.
  1. Being infected with an STI can have a significant impact on an individual’s sexuality and relationships.

10. STIs are transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.

 

There is no such thing as ‘safe sex’. To truly protect yourself from an STI is through abstinence only. If you have been sexually active, a good step forward to protecting your health is to get yourself tested.

 

 

Resources

www.avert.org/

http://www.who.int/topics/sexually_transmitted_infections/en/

http://attainfertility.com/article/std-infertility-part-one

PURE INNOCENCE

17 Jun

Purity…what does it mean to be pure? It’s a question worth asking yourself, particularly in today’s highly sexualised culture.

Maybe how we can live in purity is by discovering what is valuable to us and by discovering that we are valuable human beings.

If you value a diamond ring, you will want to keep it clean, protect it and look after it because it’s valuable to you. In contrast, how do we treat things that are not valuable to us? We throw it around, expose it to whatever, leave it wherever, use it for whatever etc. We don’t give it a second thought because it’s not valuable to us.

How do we keep our sexuality pure?

Often people think it means, just don’t have sex. But I believe its way more than that.

It is how we dress

It is how we behave

It is what we say

It is what we believe

It impacts our decisions, our relationships and the vision for our life.

It impacts how we treat ourselves and how we treat others.

In a world where pure innocence is lost, we need to fight to get it back. We need to challenge our thoughts, behaviours and actions to line up to the truth that every human being is valuable and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, including ourselves.

How do we live with purity?

Looking beyond a girl wearing clothes that barely cover her butt to see her as someone’s daughter, sister, mother. She is valued, created in His image, in the mind and heart of God before she was ever in her mother’s womb. She has been planned for a good purpose before the beginning of time. She is worth more than the way she dresses.

When someone sends us a pornographic link, living with purity is choosing to not open the link and explaining to that person why you chose not to open it.

Deciding not to take a “selfie” of yourself wearing hardly any clothes and send it to a boy you like in the hope that he will think your hot and want to date you because you want someone who will like you for who you are (personality and all) and not what you look like in a photo.

Choosing not to watch movies with sex scenes in it to avoid being awakened, tempted or exposed sexually, as you know that what you watch can become what you think about and what you think about can become what you may act upon.

What do you think purity is? Let’s get a conversation going. Reply below.

“Why I’m not doing it….”

16 Jan

“God designed sex, he believes in sex but God also wants to protect us and not see us hurt.”

“My parents were very open about their past experiences and mistakes they made about their sexuality. They wanted us to learn from their mistakes rather than learn the hard way. Parents honestly want what’s best for us. My parent’s influence on my choice to wait to have sex until I’m married wasn’t forced upon me or shoved in my face. They told me their stories, the good things and their regrets, and I was able to decide myself. I am so thankful they shared their experiences with me.

A lot of my friends were indifferent about when it was okay to have sex. At 15, most of my friends were sexually active. I watched my girl and boy friends regret the sexual relations they had. They thought they loved someone and shared something with their sexual partners that they could never get back. I cannot tell you one friend who did not regret their first time.

At 17, I made the decision to not have sex until I was married. Then I met my first boyfriend and we dated for a year. We decided to not have sex because of our faith but this definitely was not easy to do, especially when all my friends were sexually active.

It wasn’t enough that the bible says ‘not to have sex before marriage’ to be my reason for waiting – I need to find out the whole story for myself. I searched out the scriptures to find out WHY the bible encourages us not to have sex until marriage. God designed sex, he believes in sex but God also wants to protect us and not see us hurt. Sex within marriage is how we can be safe and secure because marriage is designed for the long term.

Sex impacts a person intellectually, emotionally and socially. On top of the risks of picking up a sexually transmitted infection (STIs), getting pregnant or contracting HIV/AIDS, we are chemically connecting with people when we have sex and the more partners we have the less we are able to connect with one person. I would rather wait and form that strong bond with the one person I spend the rest of my life with.

Our sexuality is beautiful but its up to us to learn about it. We are all dealing with the same issues so why not talk about it?”
Cheryl, 22 yrs.

What is your story??? Email sexthewholestory@hotmail.com and let us know if you are comfortable to share it with others through this blog.

Young People Need Answers….

13 Nov

Recently I was asked some questions by some awesome young people which I have endeavored to answer below.

If you have a question, I’d love to hear from you. Ask away and I will do my best to answer it. We need to be open about talking about this stuff and not keeping it all a secret. I bet what you are asking so many other young people are asking too. Email sexthewholestory@hotmail.com or reply below to this post.

My friends at school talk about sex all the time – Should I be a part of these conversations?
 


We need to be talking about sex. Its not something that should be taboo or kept in the dark (something you figure out or learn about on your own without anyone knowing). God created sex and we need godly wisdom on how we can navigate our lives as sexual beings.

There is so much information about sex out there but not everything is always helpful. Talking to our friends may not be the most helpful thing for us, especially if we need some guidance for a certain situation we are going through. Talk to someone who can give you some perspective and wisdom for your situation – a parent, pastor, youth leader, counselor or health professional. Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions you have – no question is too silly to ask! The more information you have, the better informed you are to make your decision.

I know porn is bad, but what counts as porn? Like sex scenes in movies?
 


Porn is anything that degrades men and women, treats people as sexual objects to be consumed and can produce a desire for sexual arousal by the viewer. Porn can be found in magazines, tv, advertisements and the internet. Sex scenes in a movie are not necessarily porn but can have the potential to get a person sexually aroused, depending on the level of sex scene and the rating of the movie. E.g. the level of sex scene content in an R or MA rated movie is higher than an M rated movie. That’s why it’s so important to exercise wisdom in what we watch and if we find the movie we are watching has too many sex scenes, switch it off or fast-forward the scene. Its ok to not watch it.

What does the bible say about masturbation?

The bible doesn’t say anything specifically about masturbation. It doesn’t say its ok and it doesn’t say it’s not ok. But the bible does talk a lot about lust – lustful desires, lustful thoughts, and lustful pleasures.

Lust = like a craving, uncontrollable, an intense sexual desire, an overmastering desire.

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.” 2 Timothy 2.22

“Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires.” Col 3.5
 


I recently wrote a blog about this topic called ‘The big M word’ – check it out.

Masturbation can become a habit that is hard to break. It can become obsessive and addictive. If you are struggling with masturbation, I strongly encourage you to talk to someone you can trust and who can help you with it. You can gain control over this issue. Its never too late to get help.

Is it really that bad to hook up at parties for fun?
 


It might be good to ask yourself these questions…. Is what I am doing respecting myself? Is it respecting the other person? Is this something I may regret the next day?

Our sexuality is highly valuable. There is no price that equals the value of our sexuality, its priceless. It was given to us from God as a gift, to be treasured, guarded and protected until the right time when it can be used, in marriage as a celebration of love.

So is it really worth throwing away for a moment of instant gratification? I love this quote from Jeanne Mayo in her book ‘Uncensored Dating, Friendship & Sex’ (highly recommend it):

“You are free to ignore the commandments of God but never free to avoid the consequences.”

There are consequences to all our behaviors & in this situation, there are very real consequences such as contracting STIs (sexually transmitted infections), getting pregnant, being talked about the next day, being put in a position where we ended up doing what we didn’t want to do, feeling regret, shame and guilt or being heart broken.

You can be secure within yourself to not throw your sexuality away for a hook up at a party.

I just started dating someone and we want to have good boundaries. What are some?
 

This is such a great question. Its so important when setting boundaries in your relationship that you both agree to them, believe in WHY you are setting these boundaries and have someone you both can be accountable to. As much as boundaries are great, we really need people in our lives to help keep us on the right path, or help us get back on the right path if we cross a boundary.

Some boundaries that could work for you:

  • Write down on a piece of paper what is not ok for you…. be really specific. E.g. no sexual intercourse, no oral sex, no hands on parts of the body that are covered by a bathing suit, no marathon kissing sessions, no lying down next to someone. This specific might sound silly but its really necessary for you to know clearly what you are not ok with.
  • Don’t be home alone by yourselves or stay long periods of time in a car by yourselves (especially late at night)
  • Set a time where you both don’t hang out past e.g. 10pm we go our separate ways. When we are tired, we become weak and temptation is much easier.
  • Avoid sleepovers or going on holidays together (even if your with other people). Again, temptation is so much easier when it’s late at night.
  • Decide what you will do in a situation before you get there – pre-determined choices! E.g. if we are watching a movie together and there are sex scenes that come on, we will walk out of the movie or turn the movie off. Or if we are at a party together and everyone is drinking, we will not drink to avoid being sexually tempted.
  • Reserve the words ‘I love you’ for the right person who you will be in a long-term serious relationship with.
  • If you cross a boundary, make sure you talk to someone about it and not hide it. You will feel much better for telling someone and getting advice on how to move forward.

People call me a flirt but I don’t think I am. Why would they think that?
 

What you wear or how you act might give off this message to others without you even being aware that you are doing it. For example; if girls are wearing low cut tops and short skirts or shorts, people could think that you are flaunting your body off to others – even if you aren’t even thinking that. Or if you are kissing different girls at every party you go to, people might think you’re a flirt because you not serious about any of them but just enjoying the attention from these girls as you feel wanted.

Regardless of the situation, it is essential to remember that you can’t get your identity from other people. If you are feeling insecure, flirting with others, being sexually suggestive to others, is not going to fill the void that you desperately want to be filled. You need to discover your identity for yourself and understand you are LOVED and ACCEPTED no matter what! It does not depend on if you are wanted, desired or liked by the hottest guy or girl in your school.

I have a friend who is gay, should I be friends with them?
 


Of course you should. There is so much more to a person than their sexual identity. Every person is valuable and deserves love, respect and kindness. It shouldn’t be any different if their sexual preference is different to yours. Everyone has the desire to be loved, accepted and to belong. Even you! 🙂

How do I explain to my friends why I’m not going to have sex till I’m married?

What an awesome decision you have made! That is something to be proud of so don’t be embarrassed or ashamed about your decision. Don’t worry about what your friends or peers will think about you, be confident in your decision and what you believe in. Have you heard the quote ‘If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything’? How great is it to be able to stand for something, especially about this topic of sex and not fall for anything that comes your way!

There is such a strong desire to fit in, especially as a young person because everyone wants to feel like they belong and are accepted. But don’t be afraid to be different and stand out. Many people don’t have any strong belief about their sexuality and you making a stand in your own personal life might inspire others to do the same. Be the light and stand out – stand up for what you believe in.

& hey, if you have stuffed up before and have decided you don’t want to do that anymore and want to save sex for marriage, you are a legend! It is so possible.

May I encourage you all to have someone you can talk to and be accountable to? Accountability is just having someone in your life that can help you live out your decision and if you encounter any tempting situations, you have someone you can help you through it. We can’t do it alone!

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