Seems as if today parents wouldn’t have to give their kids a sex talk if they have a TV; it’s all pretty much there. They show animals openly fornicating on the Discovery Channel. It’s appalling the way those animals fornicate out in the open like that and that’s just basic cable. I am not a parent, so I wouldn’t know. But I guess it there’s a sex talk today it’s more like: don’t do it! Or if you do it, do this or that! Not so much a sex talk as a venereal disease talk.
Anyway there’s not much to explain. The mechanics of it are pretty straight forward. Sex obviously is pretty much idiot proof.
Back in my day, there was no cable TV or Discovery Channel, but I never got a sex talk. I had to do research. My father never said word one on the subject, and all my mother ever said at all about the topic was: your father is like a rabbit; and sex is good once a week like chicken.
But in sixth grade we had a sex talk hour or so that must have been mandated by the state. It was really odd because they sent all the girls off into one room and all the boys off into another as if one sex wasn’t supposed to know what the other was up to. But it wasn’t a sex talk as much as it was a naming the parts talk plus some discussion of what would soon—for your average teenager—be happening in those parts. It was sort of a heads up, by way of a warning.
So all of us sixth grade guys were in one room with Mr. Tode. He was a really popular teacher, especially with the girls, since he was the only male elementary school teacher we had. But I didn’t like him much because one day he was playing some music in class on a record player that for some reason he stuck in the back row next to me. And when a song ended he asked me to move the little needle to another one but I flubbed it and scratched the record and he fucking yelled at me. He nearly fucking traumatized me because that was the first time I had picked up a record needle since we didn’t have a record player. But he said it like I was supposed to know how and it looked pretty easy. I mean, I was game. But I flubbed it.
Anyway, we didn’t have any visual aides back then. No charts or graphs and no movies because we didn’t have any movie projectors at our school. So Mr. Tode, who was not a good drawer, had to draw pictures of the parts—penis and testicles and such—up there on the black board. And then he tried to draw a penis in an erect state to indicate what would be happening. And I was sitting in the back row and I leaned over to John Cobb sitting next to me and said, “Looks like a zucchini to me.” Because that’s what it looked like. And John laugh and the guy next to John laughed and I laughed, and there went Mr. Tode yelling again, “If you are not mature enough…etc.”
So that was the sex talk except at the end he asked were there any questions, and for quite a bit there weren’t any till Lance, who was pretty robust and earnest guy though none to swift, said he had one of those nackturanal emitters Mr. Tode had mentioned and while Mr. Tode said the stuff was supposed to be sort of white, he had noted that his stuff had been sort of yellowish. And Mr. Tode said there was nothing to be concerned about since it could come out a bit on the white or the yellow side, and I just had to stifle myself from raising my hand and asking what if it come out blue.