If you don’t watch Glee regularly, or missed it last Tuesday, get thee to the Fox Web site and watch it. Not only were there two—count ‘em, two—queer storylines, but they were handled with a sensitivity and honesty that puts most other shows to shame. (If you don’t believe me, go read Dorothy Snarker’s perspective on the issue.)
What struck me most, however, was not the storyline about the two female characters, as good as that was, but the big “sex talk” between the openly gay Kurt and his dad. (It starts at about 32:20 in the video.) It should be transcribed and disseminated to parents and youth far and wide. While parts were specific to being gay (not in a physical way, but in dealing with the emotional aspects of two men in a relationship), much was more generally applicable, focusing on valuing oneself at the same time as one gets involved with others.
Now, I’m usually pretty good with words, but I never will know exactly what it’s like to be a man. And while I hope my son has good men in his life that he can turn to for that perspective, I also don’t want to delegate responsibility for having “the sex talk” to anyone else besides my spouse and me. Sure, other people may add their insights, but we’re his parents and we have to lead the way. I’m thinking that when it’s time to have that talk with him, I’m going to call up that Glee episode on whatever technology we’re using then, replay that scene once or twice, and crib a few lines.
Did anyone else watch the episode? What did you think? And for those of you who have talked with your kids about sex already, any advice for the rest of us?