It would also probably get you beaten up (or even killed, if we're being honest).Now, gender curiosity is a pretty mainstream thing.Heck, even superheroes like Deadpool identify as pansexual.This isn’t to say that members of the LGBTQ community don’t still face horrible discrimination (they do).I don’t think one form of flirting is necessarily better than the other — I have nostalgia (and anxiety) when I remember trying to chat up a girl at a high school dance — but the new digital landscape just requires a whole new set of skills that I can’t even fathom.5. Today, kids have to worry about their partners having access to so much more — huge text records of their every conversation, audio recordings, thousands of pictures, and the worst of the worst… It feels so scary to me, like it involves so much trust and has such potential for embarrassment. However it happened, it is now much, much more common for some children to actually discuss their love lives with their parents, which… I’ve been married for years and I still haven’t had the sex talk with my mom. Sure, not for every kid, but I’m amazed that we’ve actually come far enough as a society that the discussions are even happening in some households. Falling in love, for our children will be much, MUCH different than it was for us.We sometimes stereotype the young as being weak or coddled, but the idea that they keep putting themselves out there, when they know that someone could put their most mortifying moment online at any time for all the world to see… They have new priorities, new realities, new hardships and anxieties.But, today, the idea that a young person might find members of both sexes attractive isn’t an unusual concept anymore, which is both refreshing and confounding to my old-timey mindset.2. Again, I completely realize that there are many places in the United States (and the world) where racial prejudices are still hard and heavy, but just look at how the popular landscape has changed in terms of interracial dating.
Interracial Dating: Share, Don’t Compare One of the greatest joys of interracial dating is the opportunity to share cultural experiences with one another.I mostly become aware of these shifts when I think about my young daughter. Back then, depending on where you lived, saying something like “I’m interested in both boys AND girls” was a revolutionary act.She’s not old enough to date yet, but, once she gets to high school and college, I’m realizing that her experience of forming relationships and sex won’t look ANYTHING like what I experienced at the same age.soundtrack, and rather quaint ideas about missionary-style sex between men and women. wow, the dating landscape is something totally alien to me. So, as I worry about what the future will hold for my sweet little girl, here are 6 ways I know that relationships will be completely different for children of the next generation.1. It was a Molotov cocktail thrown into the face of society’s “expectations” about good, clean teenagers.In 2012, 15.1 percent of new marriages were interracial.To many, interracial relationships are now almost a non-issue; just love whomever you want to love.
That doesn’t mean that it should be done indiscriminately — there are still consequences — but we’re no longer teaching kids that sex will send them to hell.