Matthew McConaughey says that his father was a big part of how he learned about consent. Amanda de Cadenet’s podcast “The Conversation: About the Men” just released an episode in which the actor talked about how his parents taught him how to have healthy sexual relationships.
“I had been taught, been guided by my parents about respect for a woman, respect for the relationship, respect for sexual intimacy, respect for space,” he said. The star said his dad “had always had this thing where he taught us the birds and the bees.”
“He sat me down and talked about the birds and the bees. He said, “You are getting to that age, do you kiss?” and I said, “Yes, sir.” McConaughey thought back. “And he says, “Well, one day it will go further than that.
It is likely to get to the point where you will get close, and there will be breasts and things below the belt.’ I am paraphrasing.” McConaughey said his father told him, “If you ever feel the girl, the female, hesitate, stop.” He said that helped him when he was 15 and he felt pressured to have sex.
McConaughey said, “After that, I got to have some healthy sexual relations,” “And have girls that I liked and liked me, and we slowly got intimate, and it was beautiful and clumsy, and all those things, but it wasn’t ugly like that was.” McConaughey has said before that he was sexually assaulted when he was 18. He also talks about this in his book “Greenlights.”
The Oscar winner said that having a solid support system helped him get through a hard time. “I’ve had very good friends,” he said. “I’ve had good mentors.”