Tuesday 26 September 2017

Julia Molony: Thompson on right track with 'Mum's Guide to Sex'

Actress's handbook for daughter can only help her navigate in the twerking and twizzlers generation, writes Julia Molony

CANDID: Emma Thompson with newborn daughter Gaia, who is now 13. Thompson has written a
CANDID: Emma Thompson with newborn daughter Gaia, who is now 13. Thompson has written a "sex handbook" for her

Julia Molony

Emma Thompson has written a "sex handbook" for her daughter. Which begs the question: what is a sex handbook, exactly? Hopefully nothing like a handbook for a dishwasher or a blender; which usually have operating instructions, washing precautions and advice on spare parts.

Thompson's daughter Gaia is 13 years old and thus, part of the internet porn generation – those whose sexual coming of age coincides with an era in which pornography has seeped into every nook and cranny of the culture and tinged everything blue.

As a result, Thompson has been left in a "constant state of anxiety" about what gynaecological horrors might await her daughter's eyes whenever they fall on a smartphone. Her fightback against the porn-tsunami then takes the form of a parental guide, in which she has laid out some facts about "where emotions are felt in the body, about sexual feelings and the connection between sex and emotions".

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