Last night the daughter and I were studying for her science test, and I asked her what were the two types of biological reproduction.
She smiled embarrassingly and covered her mouth, unwilling to provide the answer. “I don’t want to say that word!” she begged.
I told her there was no need to be embarrassed. These are scientific terms and she must learn to approach the subject matter without any social bias.
She sat giggling, flapping her hands, and still would not give me the answer.
I became a little sterner with her and demanded she answer the question.
“OK, OK, just give me a minute.”
“I know you know the answer,” I said, “don’t think about it, just blurt it out.”
She took a deep breath and said, “Asexual and fucking.”