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Girls Wish Dads Talked More About Sex

A new study at New York University found that girls not only benefit from talking to dad about sex, but they actually want to talk about it. The idea, though, is not to have one awkward conversation and never speak of sex again, but to have open, ongoing communication.

After talking to 250 young women, between 19 and 21, the study found they want to learn how to communicate and negotiate intimacy issues with men, and they believe their fathers could teach them. What good does it do? Girls who talk to their dads about sex not only lose their virginity at later ages and have fewer sex partners, both of which are associated with good mental health, but are also more comfortable talking to partners about sex later in life, which is always good for a relationship's health.

Do you wish your dad was more open about sex? Or was he?

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
My dad was always pretty open with me about it. But, then again, I lived with him and my brother when my parents were divorced and didn't see my mom a lot. He knew he had to step in as the dominant positive parental role model. He talked about it in an educational way, not a creeper dad way... of course, he was always letting me know guys are only after one thing so I have to be a strong lady that sticks to my morals, haha.
stephley stephley 6 years
Oh no no no.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
GTCB, just wait a few months. :D My three-year-old has already asked me about the differences between girl parts and boy parts, how babies are born, do boys always fall in love with girls, why are some people transgendered (she has a trans uncle), how does falling in love happen, and so on. There are many days that I think I should install a second brain to deal with all the questions. Still, I answer them as calmly and age-appropriately as I can, so she'll keep asking. Her dad says he does the same, but he's always been much more reluctant to talk about sex than I have.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
No thanks...hardly had a relationship with him anyway, so the last thing I'd want to talk about is sex.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
The last thing my dad and I talked about was me getting a prescription for birth control before I went off to college. I was like, come on dad! What kind of girl do you think I am? But he was right. So maybe we should have talked more.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
no thanks. my dad was just the right amount jokey, serious, and pretend it doesn't happen
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
No, I didn't want to talk to my dad about sex. I'm sorry, until today, I DON'T want to talk about it with my dad. And when I was younger, the last thing I wanted was for my dad to come and have a sex talk with him. Then again, there are kids without moms in their household, so they are reliant on dad to educate them somewhat. My mom was the one who mentioned about sex briefly (she barely touched the subject), she got me a sex education book for both me and bro then she left most of my sex education on the Nuns at my catholic you can definitely say that I know how horrid your genitals look when you contract STI........
GTCB GTCB 6 years
Yowza. My daughter is only 19 months old. It's too early to start thinking about THIS conversation!
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 6 years
No, I don't want to talk to my dad about that. He did talk to me about, but it was horrible and extremely awkward. I would only like to talk to a woman about things of that nature. How does everyone else feel?
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