After Atonement star Keira Knightley told a reporter that she and her mother discuss the actress's bedroom romps, the UK's Daily Mail asked three moms and their daughters to give intergenerational sex talks the thumbs up or the thumbs down.
Seventy-six-year-old Molly, says, "talking openly about sex brings you closer, because then nothing is forbidden." Her daughter Sophie, 47, agrees: "Losing my virginity was a cause for a celebratory drink with Mum... Taking sex and yourself too seriously can have depressive consequences."
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Maybe I'm just a WASP-y prude from Connecticut, but I think successfully talking sex with mom depends on her personality. For most families, methinks dishing about your dirty talk or asking for anal sex pointers would be a majorly awkward no-no! I agree with the first pair in the piece. Ingrid, 53, says:
"There's something crass and sad about mothers who feel a need to know everything intimate about their daughters' lives. Either they are trying to re-live their own youth, or they are trying to be cool. Whatever the motives, I can't think of anything more hideous."
Her daughter, Sammy, 20, adds:
"I don't want to be in a situation where she has mental images, and I know she doesn't either."
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Mental images, indeed. Heaven forbid my mother know what her baby girl's been up to... I can barely handle the idea that my roommate can hear me between our thin apartment walls.
But I admit I'm a liiittle jealous of Keira's relationship with her mom. Talking about sex is so intimate and personal, some of us can't even talk about it with our partners, let alone one of our parents. It's liberating, I'm sure, to know that without judgment, you can share your fears and desires with someone who has known you your entire life.