We carried out the UK’s first sex education session for adults in partnership
Not only do we have a huge gap in our sex education and a complete absence in sex ed after school, but often our “education” is from friends or porn. He is not always the most accurate or safe way to learn. What’s more, it can encourage violence and demeaning acts, which some people regard as ‘normal.’ Hence, to stay up-to-date and connected to our sexual wellbeing, like any other part of our health, we need to keep learning. What better way than to have an intimate, seminar-like session in the center of Covent Garden?
We want to keep you aligned with what we are doing. So here are some top reasons why we are updating sex ed to include adults and protecting ourselves with condoms:
- The male condom is underestimated! The only safe, non-hormonal form of contraception that protects against STIs, its use is more important than ever.
- Condoms should, without a doubt, be part of the sex movement. We are becoming more liberal, open-minded, and accepting of our attitudes surrounding sex, which is brilliant. Sex is different for everyone, every time, and this is why we use the hashtag for Adults #ThatsHowILikeIt. But with this comes responsibility, and this responsibility starts with education. Condoms need to be an integral part of the movement. To educate people around the importance and need for condom use, we need to do so in an accessible and non-judgemental manner.
- With our “Sex Ed For Adults” class, the small groups have a ‘no question is too stupid’ policy, and we can all learn from each other. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy sex.
- So many of us have not had sex ed since school, and let’s be honest, and this was far from educating; more scaremongering than cultivating. If we were not to have condoms as part of the sex movement, we would be shooting ourselves in the foot.
- Why be so accepting and empowering in the sexual health movement when a lack of responsibility can mean the spread of infection and thus a knock-on effect of negative emotional, physical and psychological effects.
- Condoms are a simple addition to sex; they allow us to feel confident and empowered with their use while remaining safe. This positive connotation is then reflected in the bedroom. What’s more, so many of us are abandoning hormones, so to have the choice of alternative contraception that has the added benefit of protecting against infections is liberating.
- With Human Papillomavirus (HPV) on the rise, Internet dating means we have multiple partners, and the number of lifetime sexual partners higher than ever before, it’s essential that women protect themselves from cervical cancer caused by a virus.
- The most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) out there, the education around HPV is still somewhat lacking.
- Although a product is worn (mostly) by a man, the male condom often ends up inside a woman, and, like sex, both parties need to know what’s happening. He includes protecting each other and yourself with a condom. More and more STIs are becoming difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance, so we don’t need to be told twice about condom use.
- Women should be the ones carrying condoms too. We have control over everything else in our lives, as well as exactly what goes in our bodies. Why should our sexual health be different from other aspects of our overall wellbeing? We ensure women feel comfortable carrying condoms, not stigmatized or embarrassed.