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Added April 23, 2014

Setting Boundaries

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You were probably taught as a kid to never go along with any kind of sexual pressure and told that setting boundaries can help in these situations. That you should say "no" or walk away from situations that don't feel right to youno matter how reassuring or pushy the other person is.

 

Well guess what? Setting boundaries is the golden rule in sex and relationships for the rest of your life. If you don't want to do something, if you feel pressured, or if you think something doesn't feel right, then you should say, "No," loudly and clearly. This will set boundaries for your partner. That includes everything from NOT kissing a guy just because he wants to kiss you to not giving in to sex just because you feel pressured. Tell an adult that this is happening and keep telling until someone listens.

 

Why should you practice setting boundaries? Because sex, romance, and love are wonderful parts of life, but only if you learn about them at your pace. If you betray yourself by not setting boundaries you may carry around bad feelings for a long time, and you may have trouble feeling good about love and sex in the future.

 

Other Sources of Pressure
You might think that we only feel "sexual pressure" from someone else. But we also feel pressure from ourselvesfrom our own desires, our own curiosity, or the excitement of doing something new or of rebelling.

 

And we feel peer pressure. You may think you're over that, but studies show that what we decide to do or not do sexually is most influenced by what we think our peers are doing. Just be aware of that fact and try very hard to be true to yourself, even if that is not the "cool" thing.

 

As for the pressure we feel from our own desires and curiosity, those feelings are fine, too, but we can't just act on our desires all the time. Think, and weigh what's right for you in a given situation. And for you, that may include moral and religious considerations. It should definitely include thinking about the consequences of your actions and being responsible for others as well as yourself.

 

Setting Boundaries for YOU
Decisions about sex and relationships are complicated because humans are complicated. One of the most difficult things in life is trying to understand ourselves. So often, girls decide to go ahead with fooling around or having intercourse instead of setting boundaries. Counselors talk with teenage girls all the time who do stuff to be "popular," to be liked, or hoping to find love. A lot of times these motivations result in disappointment and hurt.

 

The bottom line is: Be true to who you are by setting boundaries, make decisions that feel right for you, and act out of your own needsnot someone else's.

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lexiswag
lexiswag
Posted September 18, 2014
you should never ever let anyone pressure you into doing anything because then its practically rape or molestation. Just sayin!
twinklegirl
twinklegirl
Posted August 12, 2014
girls before marraige any relationship with a boy/man has to be set with boundaries.
kaitlyn1012
kaitlyn1012
Posted July 24, 2014
Well that is some good advice and I wil set so.e boundries
Mrmustahce
Mrmustahce
Posted August 12, 2014
why is sex so important
Brazil
Brazil
Posted August 04, 2014
Setting boundaries?? Wat does that mean
Toot toot
Toot toot
Posted June 23, 2014
African pink you can be wrong the person that you love and got married to You and then you have it and got kids but then you guys have fights and then you get abused by him then you get a divorce then you tell you self that you got the wrong man.
AFRICANpink
AFRICANpink
Posted June 16, 2014
@lexiemoore,don't do it girl,who knows maybe the person you had sex with will end up leaving you.Its best if you wait until the day you'll do it with the right person that will never leave you no matter what also your parents knows the best for you so always obey them.
AFRICANpink
AFRICANpink
Posted June 16, 2014
@adrixoxo.I once had a crush on a guy that i was a year older than,so its normal when you like a girl likes a guy she's older than,that's why they say love is blind
GirlyGirl126
GirlyGirl126
Posted June 16, 2014
hey, hotpinkcow, i wanted to know how did it feel did it hurt im not gonna have sex until im 20 but wanna know :)
Diver
Diver
Posted June 07, 2014
Yes I agree with you | v You never know the future! :P
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