Monday 18 December 2017

Emma Thompson: "I've written a sex handbook for my daughter"

Emma Thompson is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
Emma Thompson is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks at the gala screening of Saving Mr Banks, the closing film of the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Emma Thompson is headed for the Broadway stage

Emma Thompson has revealed she has written a handbook on sex and emotion for her daughter to guide her through the perils of being a teenager.

The British actress said she is in a "constant state of anxiety" over her 13-year-old daughter Gaia and worries she will be exposed to "hardcore porn" through her iPhone.

"The sort of sexual questions being put to young kids is horrifying to me," she told the Daily Mirror. "But that's what's out there – boys and girls watching pornography, boys showing girls hardcore porn on their iPhones.

"I'm in a constant state of anxiety but I know these kids have to negotiate these thickets by themselves.

She added: "So I wrote my daughter a handbook about where emotions are felt in the body, about sexual feelings and the connection between sex and emotions.

"And I drew pictures and said, 'You know, you can sometimes feel things in your loins you don't feel in your heart, and you need to look at that. If you listen to what's going on in your emotional language, you will be able to keep the sexual activities safe'."

Thompson, 54, also spoke of an ordeal she experienced aged eight when an elderly magician made a sexual advance at her birthday party.

After asking if she'd like a sweet, he requested she give him a kiss. Thompson went up to kiss him on the cheek, and he then "planted his mouth" on hers, "stuck his tongue" in her mouth and "wiggled it about".

She said the experience had made her more determined to help her daughter, who faces similar perils today.

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