16 ways learning about sex was way different when your parents are immigrants
Growing up, my parents (who emigrated from Russia to the States in the ’70s) dealt with certain things differently than a lot of parents I knew. Specifically, the topic of sex.
Sex was something not discussed in my household. In fact, it was like sex didn’t even exist, and my brother and I materialized out of oxygen. And this wasn’t because my parents were religious (they weren’t), but because being open about sex was just not something they were comfortable with. Which made things for me, a curious teenage girl, weird and confusing.
Talking to some of my first-generation co-workers, we all agreed that learning about sex was especially a weird time, and that none of our parents were very forthcoming with the deets. Here’s what you maybe experienced growing up and learned about sex if you, too, had immigrant parents.