Last week, a priest in our diocese sent me a two-and-a-half minute video bearing a Comedy Central logo, but also released on a web link called “Alternatino”. The video depicts a father attempting to have a conversation about sex with his teenage son, who is going to his prom.
I laughed at some of the video because what the father intended to do was nowhere near where his son was at regarding sexual knowledge. Yet I was also sad to see how the father in the video was portrayed. His son was actually the one teaching his dad. The father ends up getting frustrated in the end and tells his son he no longer wishes to discuss the topic further.
Was this video an accurate reflection about how things can be between some parents and their teens regarding sex education — especially if they attend public school? If so, how common is this? Is this video making fun of “traditional Christian values?” Is the father just plain out of touch? Or should one just laugh at this as a piece of comedy, not to be taken seriously? [The video may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j4rrgr0KeU.] Please understand that I do not endorse this video in any way. But for me, it raises questions about how we approach the topic of sex education with our children. What the Father intends in this video is a good thing. But what if one’s child is more like the child in the video? How do we address this? It seems to me that we must first do a lot of listening and clarification before we speak. I look forward to any comments or questions you have.
The blessing of the Lord be upon you,
The unworthy +Paul