What have you taught your sons about sex? Sexual ethics 101

Both grown men and young boys need to be educated about the importance of sexual ethics, says clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

Sexual ethics include the attitudes and values associated with gender identities, sexual orientation, reproductive rights, and consent.

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Dr Eve says modern-day sexual ethics have become more complex, as is evident in the #MeToo movement.

Today those ethics include the grey areas of consent, coercion, dignity, integrity, humanity, relationship and intimacy, she says.

Dr Eve says adults need to first introspect and question their own sexual ethics before teaching young children.

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She advises that men need to unlearn their entitlement and challenge the toxic masculinities that they were raised on.

What constitutes sexual violence, consent, negotiation, predation, verbal and physical sexual assault, manipulative sex, decency, and respect are all areas that fall under sexual ethics.

Be decent. Let's transpose the ethics that we were raised with as humans and put them into our sexuality.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Why should you treat somebody differently in a sexual situation to how you treat them in your regular life interactions.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Do you know what it means to sexually degrade a woman?

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Practice consent in everyday life, not just in a sexual context.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Our children are turning to the internet and pornography in order to get their sexual ethics and that's very problematic.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

If we do not educate our children, we put them at high-risk of abuse, assault and harassment because they never learn.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Visit Dr Eve's website to learn more.

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