Where do I start?
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil’ Wayne have a popular song out called “Truffle Butter.” For the sake of transparency, I have been bobbing my head to this tune for at least 3 weeks. I didn’t even know the name of the song, but the beat is catchy and I hear it on the radio no less then 3-4 times while I’m in the car commuting back and forth to work and running errands. I’ve seen/heard a few mentions of truffle butter on social media. One of my Facebook friends posted something about looking it up and being grossed out. Yet still, I waited nearly 3 more weeks before following suit. And chile, when I consulted Urban Dictionary….oh my freakin’ goodness! I couldn’t believe it. I dare not post the definition, but go see for yourself HERE. The healthcare professional in me went bonkers. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try and help a few people understand just why this is such an unsafe practice.
Here’s what I have to say:
Please Take a Pass on the Truffle Butter!
I’m here to help and I love what I do. I created this site to raise awareness and empower people to be healthy and make good choices for their health and body. I encourage you to share this video with the young people in your life. Some adults may need to be educated or reminded, too. PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY! Ideally, we want our young people to be abstinent or be monogamous AND practice safe(r) sexual practices. The reality is, adults and young folks alike are partaking of risky sexual behavior. As a health care professional that has seen much, I walk in my purpose and calling, by sharing what I know. I want to minimize and limit needless suffering. I believe when we know better, we do better.
Talk To Your Kids
I was raised well, in a 2 parent household and my Mom and Dad were married. They did a heck of a job raising me, if I must say so myself 🙂 That being said, I was taught/told what to do AND what not to do. Like many households, sexual health and intimacy was not a well developed conversation. I wasn’t given the explanation or the why behind the instructions. My Mom did the best she could and I know her goal was to protect me. I distinctly remember her telling me NOT to “get a baby hung up there.” She was old school and highly educated. She worked in a disadvantaged school system as an Educator and saw her share of teen moms. We went to church a couple times per week and I was involved in extra-curricular activities.
By most accounts, I was a well-rounded, middle-class kid from a good home. That did not shield me from wanting to be a fast tail girl. I wanted to fit in, be cool and liked by my peers. My parents were older when they had me, so my thinking as an adolescent is they weren’t cool or hip. I wanted to listen to the latest R & B, Hip Hop and see/do whatever kids my age were doing. That included being influenced and pressured by music and people I thought were friends. Anybody that had a life more interesting than mine was a cool kid, or so I thought. My parents didn’t do anything wrong and in fact did what they could and should. I still wanted to be cool. My point is, no matter what you do as a parent, kids want to fit in and be what they consider to be well-adjusted among their peers. If your kid has a smart phone, iPad, mp3 player, computer, game console with internet, etc. they have access to foolishness. There’s technology out here that kids are using that I don’t even know about. Adults can’t be everywhere and prevent everything. That’s why it’s important to instill values, but also give reasoning/logic as to why these values are important. Kids want to try any and everything they hear about and are exposed to.
Not all pop culture is dangerous. Some of it is just fun and excitement with no negative consequences. That said however, much of today’s music is glorifying and enticing sexual activity. To more thoroughly qualify it, “truffle butter” among a few other DANGEROUS sexual practices is being glorified. Even traditional sexual practices can be dangerous when care and caution are not exercised. We know these streets are real! Just head over to CDC.gov and see the startling stats on STD rates in your county or city. Teens and young adults are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to being influenced. We can’t keep our heads in the sand. Coupling peer pressure with unsafe sex messages on steroids from the music industry makes parenting an even tougher job.
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Blessings and good health,