Even as a young child you are made aware of certain role models propagated to be the ideal form of life. Think of the Disney princesses waiting to be rescued and married off to charming young man. Happily ever after means mother, father and children, a close bond that has nothing to do with reality when for example every third British and about half of American first marriages are being divorced. As a teenager growing up especially in a small village with a close community where everyone knows everyone you are under close scrutiny whether you fit into what is accepted to be normal behaviour concerning what is essential a very intimate part of human existence – your sexual relationships. From the beginning of girl’s and boy’s interest in sex and partnership there is one sometimes frightening aspect: Far too often our love life is regulated by society’s expectations and not our own wishes.
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