She asked if any of us wanted to feel the difference between her unaltered breast and the bionic breast. I started to cry. Here, a complete stranger was offering up her breast for science, while I had never had a real conversation with my mom back home in Singapore about the impact of her breast cancer on her. Ever since mom had breast cancer, I just got scared, but admittedly even more scared that she would die.
I’m sharing this story because I would like to inspire you to reflect on your own relationship with your mom. I also like to encourage you to begin to view your parents as sexual beings. Before you go eeks, I hope you can recognise that there is a link between how comfortable your parents are with their sexuality, and how comfortable you, in turn, are with your sexuality.
What is their relationship with their bodies and your relationship with yours? How about how comfortable they are as sexual beings? Are you able to express your sexuality easily and proudly? Lastly, I wonder: what are you doing for your mom this Mother's Day? Nameste.
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Dr Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching in Singapore. She is a certified sexuality educator with AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), as well as certified sexologist with ACS (American College of Sexologists). She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality as well as certificates in practical counselling, life coaching and sex therapy. She is available to provide sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conduct sexual education workshops and speak at public events in Asia and beyond. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com.
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