She asked them about their perspectives on hooking up, using porn and seeking consent, and heard stories of men both experiencing and perpetrating assault. Orenstein spoke to TIME about her discoveries and how parents, schools and young people themselves can foster a safer and more fulfilling culture around sex. Orenstein: What I ended up feeling when I was talking to girls was that they were systematically disconnected from their bodies, and with boys it was that they were systematically disconnected from their hearts. That was completely blown out of the water. Given how little instruction and counsel boys are given, can we expect them to know better from the start?
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It was pretty different. I hate to say it but the girl I had the best sex with I was secretly in love with. But I showed her to a friend and he laughed at her. But I guess it was enough for me to try and hide it. I grew up and damn do I wish I told her how I felt. After the unsatisfying sexual experiences and his bad attitude I stopped finding him attractive and dumped him. I mean I was obviously still attracted to him but it made it vaguely unpleasant. One of you might fart or your skin may make that weird noise when it rubs together or he might slam into you so hard your head hits the headboard, and being able to just laugh at that stuff and keep the other person comfortable and then get back to it is a good skill. Not really seen much of a difference in attractiveness, but age is a huge factor. The older they are the better the lay.
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