Slight Spoiler Ahead
I recently finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” for a class and the narrator is a 17 year-old girl with (apparently) terminal cancer who befriends a young man of similar age. Romance ensues and they have sex, though that’s not the point or even a major part of the book.
As a father myself, I wondered about such a situation: If your teenaged kid had a cancer that would almost certainly kill them before they reached adulthood, would it be okay with you if they had sex with someone of like age? Does the gender of the kid make a difference to you?
I’m torn and fully admit my own double standard; if I had a 16 or 17 year-old son, I’d be okay with it and probably would be encouraging, frankly. But, I have a daughter and the thought kind of squeams me out. I guess I wouldn’t be encouraging, I’d just want to not think or know about it.