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The Parent Trap: Are You Experienced? (Globe & Mail )

Alison Motluk writes in the Globe and Mail:

Parents have always had to cope with headstrong teenagers and mismatched mores. But as boomer parents usher their kids through adolescence, some are finding themselves in an unusual position: They're the ones encouraging their children to give sex a whirl, while their cautious teens are preaching chastity. And it's a reversal that many boomers, who came of age in the era of free love, didn't anticipate.

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In Girls Gone Mild, Toronto author Wendy Shalit examines some of the reasons why young people are putting off their sexual debut. ... Parental pressure to have sex, Ms. Shalit says, is just as oppressive as the expectation the previous generation faced to remain a virgin until marriage. "Parents mean well, but many are adding to the pressure," she says. "Sometimes, they can make their kids feel there's not another option."


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Wendy Shalit, on why tweens shouldn't have to look "sexy":  

"There is no longer any mystery or power to sex--it is just expected that everything will be sexual, and so nothing is. There is nothing to wait for, or to look forward to."