• Wed, Jun 22 2011

Video: Teens Having Sex + Parents Being Cool With It = Most Awkward News Report Ever?

Did you know some parents are letting their kids have S-E-X at home? Hard hitting journalist Elisabeth Hasselbeck reported on this phenomenon on today’s “Good Morning America,” sitting down with various parents and teens to discuss whether or not this is a good idea. I don’t know about you, but I cracked up in the first thirty seconds when the camera zoomed in on the kid’s picture right as Elisabeth was saying “…she told her her 18-year-old son that if he wants to have sex, she’s not only okay with the idea, she’d prefer he do it in the family home.” Look at that kid and all the nasty thoughts he is having. LOOK AT HIM:

This screenshot will haunt him for the rest of his life. Sorry, dude. UPDATE: THEY END ON IT, TOO. I JUST CAN’T.

Anyway. The pro-sex-at-home parents’ stated reasons for allowing sex under their roofs include “it’s clean,” “that’s where they keep condoms,” and “it’s an environment they’re familiar with as opposed to a motel, a car, a park, or wherever they’re doing it these days. [winky face]” Another mom (whose daughter for some reason asked not to be shown) said she was cool with her daughter’s BF sleeping over “because of the relationship she was in, because of the teenager that she is.” Whatever, Cool Mom. Or should I call you Heidi Fleiss?

The teens Elisabeth talked to were “both intrigued and horrified” at the idea, sensing, as all smart teens should, that it may very well be a trap. “I just think it’s awkward,” said one teen of the idea of gettin’ her freak on with mom a few rooms away. Indeed. To this day, I can’t think of anything more disgusting than having my parents know anything about my sex life, or vice versa. It just ain’t right!

In addition to being sort of creepy, there is also the idea that they’re taking away one of teenhood’s greatest pleasures: sneaky, uncomfortable, slightly frightened car/roof/park sex. Also: illicit activity in general. If nothing is forbidden any longer, what’s the point of doing any of it? Oh yeah, because sex and drugs are really, really fun. Nevermind.

Then there is the argument that it would make it harder for girls who want to wait say no to their boyfriends, but I think the New Age-y kinds of parents who let their kids have sex in the house would also be the kind to teach their kids to speak up about what they want and what they don’t want. What do you think?

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  • Lisa

    It’s strange to me that people are letting their kids have boyfriends or girlfriends sleep over, though to others it may seem completely natural. I am a little more traditional and it seems both unusual AND very awkward to me! I wouldn’t do it, as a teen, if I had the choice.

  • Arnie

    Video only available in the US. Sadface.

    My parents let my younger brother have his girlfriend stay in his room. Although that may have something to do with the fact that they’re in a long distance relationship, so when she visits, she’s staying at the house anyway. The first time she stayed they’d said it had to be in another room, but they were away at the time, so he then used the argument “But she did last time, so it’s too late anyway!” I don’t think they’d be okay with it if they were younger, though (He’s 18, she turns 20 in a week). Or if he was just bringing home random girls.

    I spent a few nights at a boyfriend’s house while his parents were home, too. Although I will admit it was a little awkward. But again, he was 21 (Dating someone who still lives at home at 21 is a bad idea), I was 19, and we were in a serious relationship, which I think made it more okay. And it was only for special things where I didn’t want to be getting home afterwards.

    It was also very handy that we both had parents who went away an awful lot. My parents never asked, and I never told.

  • Papa Geek

    This could just be genius. If you encourage your teenage kids to have sex, the only way they can defy you is by not having sex! LOL

    I think after high school it’s probably not a big deal, I had sex at my parents house and my girlfriend’s house while they were home. It is a little creepy thinking that they might hear you though!

  • Me

    I didn’t expect any parents to not be okay with their kids having sex. Maybe it’s different in the states, but over here most people my age (17) are allowed to have sex at their own homes. That includes me and my boyfriend, all my parents said was: “don’t do things you dont’ want to do and be safe!”