Copyright 2018 Marline E. Pearson What if the girl in the music video had sex when it meant nothing to him? What benefits—what freedoms— would she get from deciding to stop and leave sex out of her teen relationships? Pause for responses. 10.2 The Six Parts of Intimacy A six-part framework for understanding intimacy is introduced to encourage teens to think more deeply about sexual meaning. The point of encouraging teens to wait on sex is not only to avoid STDs and pregnancy, but also so they might have a fulfilling and affirming sexual life when they are older, more mature and confident in themselves, and with a loving partner, as in marriage. The intimacy framework will be used in an activity to analyze a teen relationship. Begin with these points: As we all know, sex can happen awfully fast in a relationship. Sex can begin before two people really even know each other. As we saw with the relationship pyramid activity in an earlier session, sex provides a pretty shaky foundation for a relationship. (PP) Let me read something as food for thought. Read aloud the first paragraph (only) from the gray box at the bottom of pg. 32 in the workbook (Understanding Sexual Regrets). Introduce the word “intimacy:” Let’s examine the word “intimacy” more deeply. It might shed some light on the passage I just read. When we hear that word, we often think physical, as in, “They are intimate they’re having sex.” But in fact, intimacy is about so much more. It’s about being truly close and connected in several ways. And intimacy may have a lot to do with good relationships and ultimately good sex as an adult. Resource 10a: Chart a Relationship (pg. 204) 15 minutes 192 LESSON 10
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