Now like most teenagers back then, we never talked about sex to our folks nor were there any real sex education in school. Also remember, this was way before the days of Internet porn, mobile phone porn, VCD/DVD porn etc. I can’t speak for every teenager back then, but this is where I got me sex education.
Yup, that's The Sex Life Letters, bought it at Times the Bookshop when I was like 14 years old I think. And I still got it, complete with ancient dust cover. There are absolutely no nude pix and no graphic descriptions of any sex acts in the book. It’s all just personal stories but geez, looking back I don’t know if any 14 year-old should be reading it! By the end of it, I knew the difference between cunnilingus and fellatio (I just don't know how to pronounce them) 101 fetishes, S&M, wife-swapping, gays, G-spot, voyeurism and just about every other kinky act in the book and probably known to man.
But I guess, when I was reading it, it was just words to me not unlike any other book I read as everyone knows I’m a bookworm. And I never talked about the book with anyone at all. The thing is I didn’t turn into some sex-crazed fiend. I didn't tell my friends about any of the stories in the book.
Sometimes I think back and am really amazed by it. It’s true that I got a kick out of reading the stories (thanks to the handy dust cover, I was reading it in class, at the dinner table etc.) but I was never tempted to turn anything I read into an actual …er…deed. it was all just added information to me. I suppose it's like me when I was doing science in school. I mean, I know about electrons and protons, and maybe because I couldn't see them, but I never felt the urge to spilt an atom or anything like that. Does that make sense?