Firstly, my utmost compassion and empathy goes out to the family and friends of Sarah Everard, and to all women who have been victims of male violence. Sisters Uncut and Sistah Space are two great organisations that I have seen this week that are raising significant awareness and injecting vital stances into the conversation: womenContinue reading “We’re tired.”
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Why aren’t there more male contraceptives?
I couldn’t help but wonder: why wasn’t there a male contraceptive? No seriously, why do people with female reproductive systems have to struggle so, when our penis-owner peers live blissfully in the world of condoms, pulling out, or abstinence?! I think this needs some investigation… What is commonly referred to as ‘The Pill’ refers toContinue reading “Why aren’t there more male contraceptives?”
What are the links between gut and vaginal health?
We couldn’t help but wonder, what were the links between gut and vaginal health? This post has been created with the wonderful @umamimami__, otherwise known as Tamara! This one might seem like an obscure question, but bear with us. Having only come to the surface more recently in sexual health, this topic was one certainlyContinue reading “What are the links between gut and vaginal health?”
Kink and fetish
I couldn’t help but wonder: what was the difference between kink and fetish? In the ages of 2020, words such as ‘kinky’ and ‘rough’ sex are often thrown around with not much care for the nuances and histories of kink. Such content is not taught in sex education – this is arguably not the sameContinue reading “Kink and fetish”
Sex and tech
I couldn’t help but wonder, how has sex affected tech? Is this useful for our sexuality? In a year of unprecedented time indoors, limits of where we can go, travel/eat/socialise etc., this has inevitably limited our abilities to interact (and maybe even have sexual activity) with partners, strangers, or the old ‘friends of friends’. InContinue reading “Sex and tech”
WAP and the vilification of female sexuality
Earlier in August, two of the world’s most famous female rappers, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a song called WAP – standing for Wet Ass Pussy. On Youtube, the music video originally came out with the words “Wet and Gushy”. It is fair to say the success of the song has been raging;Continue reading “WAP and the vilification of female sexuality”
What is ethical pornography?
I couldn’t help but wonder: what is ethical porn? Why is the consumption of it crucial? Recently, with the increased circulation of Exodus Cry’s video on the damaging child sex trafficking, rape, sexual assault and exploitation in videos on Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website, people are increasingly paying attention to the ethics of pornography.Continue reading “What is ethical pornography?”
The Sex Education I Missed Out On
To round off #PrideMonth, and this weekends celebrations, a lovely LGBT colleague of mine, Lota from @Kliteraturapod wrote a guest blog! I have a confession to make. I’m 25 years old, a sex educator, and I have never put a condom on a banana. Shocking, I know. I wanted to get that out of theContinue reading “The Sex Education I Missed Out On”
Sex education: talking to my sisters, mother and grandmother
I couldn’t help but wonder: why has sex education been so contested throughout time? “An American school board member wrote in 1986, ‘There’s an old saying that “there are only two things for certain in this world; death and taxes,” a third certainly might be added: disagreement about sex education” (Fiennes, 2019, p. 2). FromContinue reading “Sex education: talking to my sisters, mother and grandmother”
Wildlife trade and the pursuit of sexual performance
We couldn’t help but wonder: could there be a crossover between our main fields of interest: illegal wildlife trade and sexual health? We thought it was time for a twin collab, but we didn’t realise how timely this could get. In case you didn’t know, Sicily, my twin, is a wildlife trade researcher (see herContinue reading “Wildlife trade and the pursuit of sexual performance”