As part of our September coverage, we asked our readers "what moment defined your sexual awakening?" The answers we received were amazing- from funny to heartbreaking, so random to so relatable and everything in between. We teamed up with Grace Miceli aka @artbabygirl to turn those stories into illustrations with her super playful and nostalgic style. We'll be posting these results and some incredible honorable mentions throughout the month. Here's the first one!
"Okay, so, I am hella gay. I did not know this until I was about 16, but let me tell you about what I did when I was younger. When I was about ten years old, I would sneak into the living room at night to watch those plastic surgery shows. Not because of the medical process, but because I REALLY LIKED THE LOOK OF BOOBS. I was actually severely disappointed when they blurred out the nipple, I wanted to touch them so much. So I honestly believe I've been gay for much longer than I thought."
And some other stories we loved:
"I was super into pro wrestling as a kid. Not for the muscle-y dudes- but for the showmanship, the drama, the long hair and the tight outfits. Theater geek, go figure."
"OH, Brendan Frasier in Encino Man. Definitely."
"I won a stuffed dolphin while playing a festival game with my crush when I was in 6th grade or so. When I went to bed that night, I basically started re-enacting every love scene I had ever watched in my life on the stuffed animal. Only took so much friction for me to be like "OOOOOOOH, I get it now." So yea, my sexual awakening was a carnival prize dolphin named "Andrew.""
"Biology class lecture of the different parts of the plant... The terminology, the discussion over pollination. The word "stamen"..ah, all of it."
"Disney movies-- every last one of them."