In her exclusive year-end essay, actor Kalki Koechlin implores us to stop making sex holy or dirty.
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Kalki said, “We need to bring in certain changes in the way we are bringing up our children. We need to talk about sex and sexual violence. It can be a tricky thing. We can’t talk about sexual violence without talking about sexual pleasure and desire. We have to teach our kids the difference. We need to teach our children what is good touch and what is bad touch and we need to teach them what sexual violence is so that they can empower themselves and protect themselves.”
“We can’t keep ‘protecting’ our children from something that s/he will eventually have to come to terms with. If your child has to learn swimming one day, why protect him from water, instead start teaching him how to swim from an early stage. No point waiting till he is drowning!” she added.
She concluded by saying “When we are teaching our kids anatomy, we teach them these are your eyes, these are your ears, this is your mouth, why do we just avoid the private parts and pretend that they don’t exist? Teach them what is what and call them by their anatomical name. They should own all parts of their body without any shame. They need to be in control of their bodies. And that can be done only when they own their bodies.”