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Recognizing my sexuality and becoming aware and familiar with my body has and still is not an easy thing for me to do One would think that compared to the complex ideas of spirituality and individuality familiarizing myself with my body would be a walk in the park Yet with so many negative views and attitudes out-weighing positive ones doing something as simple at talking about anything sexual brings immediate discomfort to either me the speaker the listener or usually bothI actually remember the first ever real female anatomy-related talk I ever had It was with my friends in about fourth of fifth grade at around age 10 I had overheard my mom telling my dad that my cousin a couple months younger than me had just received her first period Coincidentally we had just recently started learning about puberty and menstruation at school and I found it incredible to see an example in real life Previous to this all I related to menstruation and puberty was what the book and my teacher showed and said but now reality seemed to hit that this was very real Any minute this could start happening to me Amazed I immediately told my friends the only people I could really talk to about this whole thing Speaking about this was the first time we ever as a group really discussed anything relating to sexuality and puberty We joked after sex-ed class but never really talked seriously I looked to my friends as role models since they were older and beginning to develop before me However rather than ask my role models questions I brought up the topic as though it were the latest juiciest gossip My cousin was in fact in a lower grade and the fact that she got her period before any of us was then mind-blowing We knew that girls developed at matured at different ages but once again relating back to the idea of
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