Enlightened by Porn

When I was a kid, I searched the whole house to find my adoption documents. Instead, I found a porn stash. Unaware of the authors’ gender, reading the stories in these magazines, I thought regardless of the sex of a person, it would be possible to tell if they are turned on through a bulge on the pants.

The lessons I derived from this experience: Firstly, I did not know much about anatomy. Secondly, I was not adopted. Thirdly, for a long time I could not tell the link between these magazines and the story about x and y chromosomes my mother had told me to explain where babies come from but I still somehow knew that I had to keep my discovery a secret. Therefore, as clueless as I was, I must have been aware of some taboos. Lastly, I thought that those magazines were for women as well as for men. That is why I thought many of the authors were women. I am glad that there is a feminist movement to own the pornographic media now.

A final note for my mother: Mum, you should be proud. Although it took me a while to get the “where babies come from” talk, you have raised a feminist who likes to read and can do detailed research without leaving behind any evidence. 🙂

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