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Explaining Group Sex To Your Teenager

May 13th, 2009 · No Comments

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Above: Soon-to-be former Footy Show co-host Matthew Johns

My sons are huge fans of the NRL version of The Footy Show. Thursday night is a headache to get them to bed. Their favourite is former Cronulla Sharks player Matthew Johns, who added much-needed comedic value to the program when he joined some years ago.

So when my boys heard this morning there was a big chance that Johns would no longer be appearing on The Footy Show they were naturally upset.

“He said sorry for whatever it was he did,” one of them said to me.

I took a deep breath and tried to explain exactly ‘what it was he did’. I decided to get straight to the point as they needed to be able to see that his actions were wrong and needed a consequence. I explained that Johns and some fellow Sharks players had group sex with a 19-year-old woman. My boys looked suitably mortified when I explained what group sex actually meant – not a bunch of consenting men and women having sex in the same place at the same time, but rather a group of men and one woman (who may have consented to sex with one man but unlikely to have agreed for the entire group).

“And for that Matthew Johns must pay,” I heard myself say.

If Johns could have seen the looks of disappointment in their eyes, it would haunt him forever. He has not only disgraced himself, his reputation and his career, but he has embarrassed and humilated his family and destroyed a young woman’s life.

I wanted my boys to be crystal clear that it’s unforgivable to treat women in this way because they love the sport of rugby league so very much. I’ve been concerned that my boys may be becoming desensitised to the constant league scandals, so I’ve taken a very hard line on this one (proportionate to the amount of hero worship my sons have had for Johns to date).

Photo: www.matthewjohns.com

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