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Do Tell: Were Your Parents Open About Their Sex Lives?

Most people I know get creeped out by the idea of their parents having sex (you probably thought "eeeeew" after reading that sentence). But some of the more freewheeling parents out there don't bother hiding their sexuality from their children.

Earlier this week on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, single mom Danielle spoke candidly about her love life with her young daughters. The girls informed their mother that her much younger boyfriend was just using her for her "goodies." Danielle told her girls she hopes they'll save their goodies for their husbands, since she doesn't want them to go through the same thing she has.

Some parents go even further than just talking about their sex lives with their children. In an interview this week, actor Shia LaBeouf says his sense of humor came from "seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked."

Did you have parents like that, or did your parents lead you to believe they were asexual?


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sapphireblue25 sapphireblue25 7 years
My parents were ABSOLUTELY NOT open about their sex lives at all! I'm sort of actually glad that they didn't!!!!!!! LOL!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Hell no! I would've legally emancipated myself from them if they did :ROTFL: We just don't talk about that sort of thing. at all.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
You know, my brother never minded talking to my parents about sex. I did though. I felt annoyed. My mother tried. Her mother never talked to her, so I guess so she thought I would want to talk about it. When she started that conversation up I changed the subject. She got so frustrated with me I thought she would explode. She was only trying her best but I really didn't want to hear it. I didn't want to read books either. I knew my sex life would be different from hers and I felt annoyed when she brought it up. Once when she said she enjoyed sex with my dad I responded, " Well thank God, you married him didn't you?" I guess it could have been worse, she could have been one of those types who said they just put up with it.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I walked in once. ONCE. The memory still makes me shudder.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 8 years
Neither parent EVER talked to me about sex. If I had asked my mom, she would have answered, but I knew it was an embarrassing topic for her, so I never did. My mom would actually get up and leave the room if we were watching a movie and a sex scene came on..she was so uncomfortable with it. Had great sex education classes in junior high, very informative on many levels and truly they answered alot of my questions. Everything else came from girlfriends and boyfriends. I have wonderful parents, but growing up with them really made me an advocate for sex ed in schools.
telane telane 8 years
I am a somewhat conservative/private person anyways, and my mom has tried to go there in conversations and I absolutely have to stop her. I don't feel that it's necessary to hear about it from/talk about it with girlfriends, so I definitely don't need to hear about it from/talk about it with my mom.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Now that I am older, and now that they have been divorced over 16 years, my mom will sometimes mention little remarks about my dad's lack of bedroom skills. They are friends, now, though, and I dont think she means it to be offensive, just perhaps informative? I dont know. It makes me a little uncomfortable, anways. LOL.
KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 8 years
Once when I was a kid I said something like "well, people over 40 don't have sex" and they both cracked-up laughing, so I knew they still did. But other than that one instance, THANK GOODNESS their sex life was never talked about..ewww
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
My parents were open about sex/their sex lives, but only when the information benefited me. So, it never really grossed me out or effected me badly - except when they told me I was conceived in the bathtub. That was weird.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
My parents got divorced when I was 9, and thankfully they never discussed their sex life while they were together. However, since they have split and things have been a little bitter between them, my mom has told me things about their sex life in order to make my dad look bad. For example, she told me that my dad never wanted oral sex from her because he thought she might accidentally bite it off. *shudders*
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I'm right in there with mamasitamalita - I don't get details, but simply by virtue of being in their house occasionally as an adult, I know that they have an active sex life.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Since I moved out, my folks have gotten a more open about their sex lives, unfortunately. I'm the youngest, so it took me moving out to get them talking. But I DON'T want to hear it. Neither do my bros. And my dad is one dirty old man! When I was younger, my mom gave me the Catholic 'don't do it or you're going to hell' version, and my dad gave me the feminist 'respect your body and be safe' version. And that was about as in depth as sex-talk got.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
yeah my parents have never talked about their sex life and i don't want them too. i assume that since they're still married and sleep in the same bed every night, they're doing something, and whatever that is, is between them.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
nope my parents don't even talk about the subject, never brought it up at all. My mom is a touch more open now that I am older and moved out but not much more open.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
My mom encourages me to be open with her, but I'm not really willing to as open as she expects me to. I'm 21, I figure I'm old enough to make my own decisions regarding who I do and do not sleep with. But there's no material right now anyway since I haven't slept with anyone, lol. I think I would be embarassed to hell if my parents were open about it. I really can't even stand it when they tell dirty jokes around me! They say "Hey, you're old enough!" and I reply "yeah but I don't need to hear that from MY PARENTS!" I think they just do it to see my reaction
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm not confused about the question at all. No, my parents didn't talk about their sex lives with us. Furthermore, there was NO talk of sex AT ALL. We're just not open people in general. I'm just now starting to learn about their lives in general before my brother and I were born and before they were married [at least my dad's, my mom passed away a while ago]. I mean, seriously I just heard an alcohol story a short while ago...what chance would any sex story have? Not that I really want to hear about it...really would have to cut my ears out at that point! :D
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Nope, my parents never spoke of their sex lives, and they don't talk about what they do now that they are divorced. I don't need to know, I don't care to know. If my mom ever decided to talk about her sex life with me, I may throw up.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
I don't think anyone is confused there is just more than one way to answer the question.
weffie weffie 8 years
No, thank god! My dad gets red in the face at some of my jokes, forget true stories! We have a mutual respect for the fact that neither of us wants to know certain things :)
katiekat95 katiekat95 8 years
My parents were very open. Too open in fact.
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