One of the strangest things I’ve noticed about society - or, at least, the parts I’ve encountered - is that it has obsessions that are entirely superficial. What I mean by this is that our societies are obsessed with different things, but give us little instruction on the reality of said things. A good example is romantic relationships: our societies are obsessed, especially in the west, with the concept of “finding the one.” You will find this concept thrown at you from every direction: films, television, books, family members and friends making subtle - and not so subtle - commentaries about your “love life,” etc. But, what you’re seldom told is that relationships take a great deal of work: it isn’t simply “finding the one” and then we “live happily ever after.” Finding someone who you want to share your life experiences with is, virtually, the easiest part of the entire thing (while most of the things we see in our daily lives make it seem like the opposite). The difficult part is when you actually get to the relationship, because, while society expects you to become involved in a romantic relationship, it displays virtually zero sense of responsibility for what actually goes on in your relationships. Nobody tells you about compromise, or how arguments are common things in relationships, or how to respect each other as individuals and individual life goals, or how to work as a team to achieve mutual goals together, etc.
The same extends to how we treat children. You’ll often hear of how wonderful and fantastic parenthood is, how there is “nothing sweeter than a child’s laughter,” but nobody tells you how expensive raising a child is, or how much emotional support they need, or discipline, or how to teach them to deal with the issues of life that you, yourself, have never even been taught how to deal with. Society goes out of its way to make sure that you have relationships and children, but not to make sure that those relationships are healthy or that you’re raising those children properly. In this sense, our societies treat other people as possessions and objects to be taken, and, it is my belief, that this is why so little information on the realities of these things are given to us. It’s because society teaches us that there can be no greater happiness than ownership, and once you “own” that love, or that partner, or those children, everything else will fall into place, because ownership is the only kind of happiness our societies know.
Sex is the same thing, as well. There is an obsession with sex - whether you’re having it or not - but massive taboos on the necessary information dealing with sex: safe sex practices, fetishes, etc.
The reality is very different. We are not properly prepared for it, and we don’t properly prepare our children, because we are forced to be more focused on having them than actually doing right by them.