Guess what happens when you show thirty 11 and 12 year olds their first animated erection?
Giggling. Lots and lots of giggling.
I should add that the animation also included ejaculation. Um, ewwww. I REALLY hope that in the midst of all that giggling they didn't listen to the part that explained WHY the "stiffy" happened. Girls should not know what power they hold over men until they are married and can use it as a weapon.
Luckily the Tween Queen (formerly the Drama Queen- she has now earned the right to be called a tween as she is exactly 55 days away from turning 12 and has really cut back on the sudden emotional outbursts lately. We learned today that they are a "normal" part of maturation- as if knowing that makes them any easier or funner to be around!)put her face in her hands, assumed an upright fetal position and began rocking back and forth. It's the same position I take in church on Fast Sunday when the ward crazies get up to talk.
I've been watching her all night for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. So far she's okay, but since she hasn't really talked too much since I think she's internalizing the shock and it will all come out later. Hopefully she's not internalizing the visuals as well.
I don't remember my 6th grade maturation program being that graphic or descriptive. All I remember is getting a flower and a lengthy discussion on how it symbolized our own bodies blossoming; into what, I'm still not clear on but they found a way to describe puberty without every really using the key clinical words. Today they started right in with an informative video that described testicle dropage, semen, and wet dreams- wham, bam, thank you mam! The Man Child was with me and you'd think he'd be delighted to know what wonders awaited him in a decade or so, but instead he was just really ticked that the movie wasn't Cars .
They say that children are maturing so much faster these days, and if that's true and the reasoning behind the elevated graphic nature of the standard maturation program, I'm so glad that I grew up in the generation of the late bloomer and developmentally underachieving. I think my parents were really glad too.
Oh, and by the way hubby dearest-
When it's the Fox and MC's turn, you get to go. I don't care if you have to take work off for it. I'm not going anywhere near that meeting.