What’s your favourite euphemism for sex or masturbation? I personally like the phrase ‘bumping fuzzies’ for sex and ‘diddling your skiddle’ for masturbation. Anyone care to share their favourite silly sayings?
@walk_on_walls I only like euphemisms to be silly among adults. I don’t think it’s good to teach children to be ashamed about having genitals or referring to them by a biological name so I’d definitely use the correct term when speaking to children.
Great article too, easy to read and explains the points well. Until I’d read up on this topic, I’d never thought twice about euphemisms for kids – it seems so normal and innocent – but can actually have negative effects.
What I was taught in our unit on facilitating sex education was always teach children to use anatomical terms because it can be a safety issue… there was a case of a young girl who repeatedly tried to alert a teacher to having been sexually abused and because at home she had only been taught to use the word “pocket” for vagina, it caused a lot of confusion and took adults a long time to figure out what she was really trying to tell them :'(