Sex Talk

Why is it awkward to think about our parents having sex?

Q from a male, first year from (unknown/not identified) university wants to know....Why is it awkward to think about our parents having sex?

Dr. Caron's Answer: We grow up slowly and for most of our early years that is not our perception of who are parents are. When we grow up, it is unfamiliar because we have not seen them in that light. We were naïve and unaware. It is hard to imagine them as anything but parents. I think it is wonderful that our parents can be loving and caring and get excited about each other – to still be sexually active and express their love in that way.

© 2010, Sandra L. Caron

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Dr. Sandra L. Caron is a professor of human sexuality at the University of Maine. To submit a question to Dr. Caron or chat with your peers visit Got a question for Dr. Caron? Visit and ask away! Get a guaranteed personal and confidential response to your question: or E-Mail

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