Social media algorithms and sexuality education…a love story!
Want to dust up your French? Read this article from Le Devoir by Catherine Lalonde in which we muse on the beautiful realities of sexual health work in the social media algorithm age. (Sarcastic tone. Evil grin. Wrenched fingers. Watering eyes. )
If French is not your thing, know it’s about the never-ending saga of banishment and shadow baning experienced by sexuality educators at the hand of social media platforms. Especially about the case of SEX-ED + being kicked out of LinkedIn and losing 12000 professional contacts.
The “funny” part? When the journalist contacted LinkedIn to inquire about SEX-ED +‘ situation, the account was reinstated. I went from unsafe LinkedIn community member to legitimate with one click of a mouse. Guess these platforms do not like having fingers pointed at them.
There is a thin line to walk if you want to exist (I work alone in my basement, it doesn’t happen without social media) and not compromise too much of one’s soul (No, I will not write *seggsuality* in my posts and yes, I will show genital reproductions because this is what I do).
It is an exhausting balance which sometimes takes the joy out of the work we do as sex educators. Too much money and time invested. And yet we can’t do without it. I am sending a lot of love to all the colleagues facing this reality.
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