Women all over the world consider Cosmo the go-to place for info on how to take their sex skills to the next level. But our readers (at least most of them, we hope!) learned the basics of sex well before picking up a Cosmo. And that was the topic of conversation on a recent Cosmo Radio show: How did you first learn about sex?
By Zoe Ruderman
Wake Up With Taylor (which airs weekdays, 7-11am on Sirius XM 109) asked listeners to call in and share where they got the scoop on the birds and the bees, whether it was from their parents or, you know, a George Michael song.
Scroll down to read the (often funny) ways Cosmo staffers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans learned the ins and outs (and ins and outs and ins...) of getting busy.
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"I found out what sex was by walking in on my parents in the bathroom when I was in kindergarten! I started crying!"
"When we were about seven, my best friend and I stumbled upon her parents' kama sutra book. We read it for weeks!
"I learned about it from The Simpsons."
"When my mom realized I knew all the words to the song, "Let's Talk About Sex" [by Salt n Pepa], she turned off the radio and went 'OK, let's talk about it.'"
"My parents gave me a pop-up book of how babies are made. Yes, really, a pop-up book. It was all very 3D and interactive, which I guess was good practice for the real thing."
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"In fifth grade I was sitting in the cafeteria when my friend Ashley started talking about sex and mimed putting her pointer finger through a circle made from her thumb and forefinger of the other hand. I was so confused because up until then I had just thought it was a bunch of kissing and rolling around, but when I asked her to clarify she goes, 'You know, the penis goes into the vagina.'"
"When I asked my parents, they told me sex was when two people sleep next to each other naked. Then they bought me the American Girl cartoon book about how your body changes!"
"I was in third grade and had just dissected a frog in my class. The teacher had also taught us all about the frog's reproductive organs. When I told my mom about it after school, she apparently thought that was the perfect opportunity to give me The Talk. She went on and on about frogs having sex, and then said, 'That's how babies are born.' I was completely confused."
"I was handed a Christian book called How You Are Changing. It featured drawings include a sperm and egg with happy faces and Jesus standing over two kids studying in church. I was so confused about what sex really was, because the book said that when a man and woman are married and love each other, they lie together and make a baby. I thought it literally meant you lay down in bed and a baby is made."
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"I watched HBO's Real Sex at a friend's house and remember all these couples going at it in the woods. Obviously the show didn't show penetration, so I thought sex was just moving your private parts up and down against each other. Later, when I heard the penis actually goes into the vagina, I was shocked, but also thought that was optional. Like you could either have sex moving up and down or do the penetration thing, and I was adamant I'd be part of the former camp."
"I read Wifey by Judy Blume and I learned a lot. But I remember getting so tripped up on the verb come. Like, come...where? I had no idea, so I asked my mom and we had a very awk convo. And after that, she began looking through the library books I picked before I checked them out."
"My mom was a biology major so she drew diagrams and explanations on sticky notes. The kitchen table was covered!
So, how did you first find out about sex?
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