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What Does "Safe Sex" Mean?

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Do you think "safe sex" means using a condom? Making sure consent is explicit? You're right, but there's so much more. When we talk about safe sex, we generally don't consider anything but intercourse.

But when we're talking about sexual needs, the need for safety appears both before and apart from intercourse. Examples? The fourth grader who comes home to ask Mom, "What does 'masturbation' mean?" Her answer: a stunned silence followed by an uncomfortable mumble, "You're too young to be talking like that." The fourth grader learns not to push it.

The couple who've taken their relationship to the next level and are now sexually active when one of them asks, "What kind of sexual fantasies do you have?" The other partner looks blank for a

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