By Kendra Holliday | January 25, 2015
This is a picture of my daughter and me, from half her life ago:
She was 7 in this picture. Now she’s 14!
She is slightly bigger than me. I never imagined that! Taller, bigger boobs, feet, etc. But we’re still pretty close in size, and share clothes.
We also share a super intimate, platonic relationship. She’s my top priority. We’re both proud of each other, and we’re both moody and crazy women. We share an unconditional love; accepting each other for who we are.
So last weekend, when I needed to attend a SEX+STL roleplay talk at Shameless Grounds, I told her I was going to the talk and would be back in a couple hours.
She immediately piped up, “Oh can I go?”
She’s geeky and loves roleplay.
I said, “You don’t understand. This is SEX roleplay talk.”
She snorted. “Of course I understand. Why wouldn’t it be about sex if it was one of your events? I’m curious about these things and I think I can handle it.”
Unconvinced but open to the idea, I negotiated, “If you go, do you agree that will let me know if you are uncomfortable at any time and would like to leave? And do you agree that we can talk openly about it afterward?”
YES, she agreed.
So we both went.
I let the leaders of the talk, Mark and Bianca, know she was coming. I knew they would be telling stories involving me (you can read them on this blog!); they are part of my polyamory circle.
They were cool with it. Instead of calling me out by name, they referred to me as their “girlfriend”.
My daughter and I arrived at beautiful Shameless Grounds, lugging a box of almost 30 books for donation to the sexuality library, one of them being Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women, by the way! You should check it out.
She and I both wore SEX+STL t-shirts. Three different people remarked that we looked like twins, sisters, etc. I was flattered, and I think she was, too!
We sat down at a table with another couple who was excitedly talking about what kind of roleplay scenarios they would be into. Teacher/student – yes. Incest – NO.
The talk started. I was nervous and excited! My daughter brought a sketch pad and drew a little bit during the talk, but mostly she stared down at her paper. What was she thinking? Was this weird for her? She loves Mark and Bianca, they are like family to her, and here they were talking about elaborate roleplay scenes involving incest, rape, dolls, prison, military school, multiple people…
I SO wanted to pipe up and comment on the scenes they were describing, as I was in several of them, but I played it cool. I didn’t want to overdo it.
After an hour, we had to leave to meet a friend for ice cream (who happens to have made the ice cream and was part of my gang bang!), so we quietly slipped out.
In the car, I asked her, “So, what did you think?”
She burst out, “That was so cool! I learned so much! I used to think all those things were scary and bad, but now I know you can play with those things and they’re not so scary! I can’t wait to get home and write out some scenes – I need to make a checklist!”
PHEW I was so glad she felt that way, and that she was inspired! Even though she is not interested in having sex herself, she’s still curious about it and appreciates the allure of adult playtime. This is SO much better than the sex ed she’s taught at school!
After a moment, she asked me, “Mom, why didn’t you share any of your stories? I know you’ve done lots of fun roleplay.”
HA! I told her I didn’t want to make her uncomfortable, and she laughed it off.
She’s never regarded sex in general as something icky, thanks to all the good, open, honest conversations we’ve had about it.
It’s nice to know that if/when she decides to explore sex for herself, I won’t have to worry about STI’s and pregnancy. She’ll just to have to deal with other people’s attitudes about it, and possibly educate them.
Replace the fear with love!
BONUS LINK: Shameless Grounds Tumblr page. It has lots of good stuff.